Four suspected rebels, two Indian army soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a fierce gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday. Public transport is off the roads. Kulgam district and Shopian town were placed under curfew.
Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi was detained early in the morning.
While one civilian was killed in the gun battle between militants and security personnel, another was killed in clashes that erupted after the encounter ended in Frisal area of Kulgam.
She was lodged in Woman Police Station at Rambagh in uptown city.
Meanwhile, youth staged protests at many places in Valley including South Kashmir and Central Kashmir to protest against the civilian killings. The police had to resort to force to disperse the crowd.
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The situation in the Valley remained tense, especially keeping in view the recent five-month long unrest triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year.
"We have made adequate deployment of security forces in Srinagar and in south Kashmir areas to maintain law and order", reports quoting a police official said.
A repeated check on all the houses yielded no success but the police personnel accompanying the raiding party insisted on a rechecking a house where the intelligence input had suggested about the presence of the militants.
Amid uneasy situation and rising tempers, the separatists called for a one-day strike on Monday and asked people to march in Kulgam on Wednesday.