Strike-hit Kashmir tense after civilian killings at Kulgam encounter

Acting on a tip-off by police army cordoned off a village in Kulgam 60 km from Srinagar. File

"There is no restriction on the movement of people anywhere else in the Valley but security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to keep a tight vigil on anti-social elements", he said.

The army in a statement said that the four terrorists killed in the encounter belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

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. They said it is unfortunate world community paying no heed towards our suppressed voice and sacrifices rendered by your budding youth. All shops, educational institutions, and petrol stations were closed while public transport was off the road in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.

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"Curfew has been imposed in entire Kulgam district and Shopian town to maintain law and order in the wake of the killings yesterday", a police official said. Several Indian soldiers were killed while many of them suffered disabilities. "The youth are sacrificing their lives for a sacred cause and we will never compromise with their holy blood".

Witnesses in Kulgam said the security forces went berserk after the encounter, in which four militants, two army soldiers and a civilian got killed, ended, "They started firing at people as if they were firing in a practice ground", a local of Frisal said, wishing anonymity.

On Sunday, people gathered in thousands at the funeral of the militants and the civilians.

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