Local residents started pelting security personnel with stones, leading to clashes, they said, adding that some civilians were injured.

Sepoy S. Gunakar Roy was killed when militants hiding in a house in Wani Mohalla in Khudwani area fired at security personnel closing in on them.

That the three militants, one of them seriously injured, had escaped became clear after the rubble of the house were cleared, police officials said.

"The people of Kashmir have been demanding the permanent settlement of issue as per the promises made to them directly and through the global forum of United Nations Security Council and holding of tripartite negotiations among India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir", he said.

As per official data, more than two dozen civilians have been killed in clashes with government forces near encounter sites this year, sparking anger across Kashmir where a massive operation against militants combined with the NIA raids on separatists have done little too contain the rage on the streets.


The slain jawan has been identified by the Army as Sada Gunakara Rao, who was also reported dead after being brought to the medical facility in Kulgam.

Locals in Indian occupied Kashmir protesting.

They said security forces blasted the house from where the militants were firing at them following which the firing stopped.

"Army had even used helicopter gunships to fight out the militants".

Another injured person, identified as 30-year-old Aijaz Palla, later succumbed in a hospital, a health official said.


Six additional Coys of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been moved to the encounter site in Khudwani area of Kulgam, where two to three terrorists have been trapped till now.

Almost 50 injured persons having bullet, pellet and injures due to teargas shells have been admitted in various hospitals of south Kashmir and Srinagar.

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir), Apr 11 (ANI): An encounter between the terrorists and the security forces is underway in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam sector on Wednesday.

Protests were also held at National Institute of Engineering in Srinagar. The Joint Resistance Leadership called a Valley wide shutdown against the killings.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of Hurriyat (M), called the killings an attempt to "wipe out" Kashmiris and urged the worldwide community and the United Nations to "step in".


Wednesday's incidents come close on the heels of days of disturbances witnessed in Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of the killing of 14 militants and five civilians as security forces stepped up counterinsurgency measures in the first week of April.

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