Srinagar: Two youths were killed on Tuesday in firing by security forces during a protest in Kashmir Valley's Handwara town which erupted after alleged molestation of a girl student by army personnel.
Protests erupted in Handwara town of Kupwara district, 85 kilometres from Srinagar, following allegations that a girl student, on her way home, was molested by soldiers posted in an army picket in the town, official sources said.
Police Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani said hundreds of people hurled rocks and chanted slogans against Indian rule and demanded the arrest of the soldier.
Gillani said the soldiers fired at protesters who tried to torch their bunker, leading to the death of two men.
The matter will be investigated and anybody found guilty will be dealt as per the law, an army official said while expressing regret at the loss of lives.
With inputs from agencies