Over 100 civilians were injured in clashes near two gunfight sites in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Sunday.
Reports said that youth tried to march towards gunfight sites in Dragad and Kachdoora villages to help the militants escape the cordon.
However, forces used live ammunition and pellet and tear gas to disperse the protesters, triggering massive clashes which left two civilians dead and over 100 injured.
An official said that at least 50 civilians were brought to District Hospital Shopian for treatment. "20 of them were referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment," he said.
Over thirty injured were brought to District Hospital Kulgam. "22 were referred to Srinagar while majority of them were hit by bullets," said an official.
At least four injured were shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment. Local sources said that many injured were shifted to local health centres for treatment.
The deceased civilians were identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Padroo and Zubair Ahmad Bhat.