More than thirty people were injured in fresh clashes in southern Shopian where twelve militants had been gunned down by security forces in two separate encounters on Sunday.
According to hospital officials, numerous injured were hit by shotgun pellets in the eyes, causing widespread anger across Kashmir.
The region looked largely deserted with little or no vehicular movement as Indian authorities imposed severe restrictions on residents following a strike call by the region's Kashmiri pro-independence leaders.
In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have displayed open solidarity with anti-India rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants.
In a major success, security forces eliminated two terrorists, identified as Ahmad Malik and Rayees Thokar, who abducted and killed Lt Umar Fayaz in May 2017 when the Army officer had gone to his hometown in Shopian to attend a wedding, Vaid said.
Pakistan on Sunday had condemned the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by the Indian forces.
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In all the three encounters in south Kashmir, people, mostly youth, attempted to march towards the encounter sites and pelted stones on the security force personnel in order to pave way for militants to escape.
A complete shutdown was observed in Kishtwar district also against the killings in South Kashmir.
In retaliatory firing by security forces, four civilians were killed and over 50 others were wounded.
Separatists had called for a shutdown on Monday, which affected the normal life.
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the state has been affected by terrorist violence that is sponsored and supported from across the border and levels of the violence in various districts of the Valley are linked to infiltrations.
A Times of India report on Tuesday that said that stone-pelters have turned their anger on tourists a day after 20 people, including four civilians were killed in anti-terror operations in south Kashmir, has now been clarified by the Jammu & Kashmir police.
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No rebel group fighting against Indian rule immediately issued any statement about Sunday's fighting.
Apprehending large scale protests, the puppet authorities have put restrictions at numerous places across the Kashmir Valley.
Tensions are high in the Indian-controlled region, where the Muslim-majority population stages regular protests against the Indian rule and demands autonomy from New Delhi.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which in recent years has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule.
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