Angry protests broke out in Lolab area in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Tuesday morning. The villagers were demanding the bodies of the seven militants who were killed in an encounter by the Army on Monday, for burial.
Scores of policemen and some media persons were injured in clashes between police and villagers. The angry mob threw stones at the police personnel and damaged their vehicles.
Eye witnesses said protesters tried to torche a barrack at Lalpora Lolab police station. Locals were claiming that the seven militants killed, were locals who had gone to the forest to collect wood. Police and security forces had to resort to aerial firing to disperse the crowd.
The Army is still searching the area for three gunmen who are said to be hiding. Intelligence reports said that the seven were part of a group of 10 terrorists who had entered the Indian territory in October 2013.
Police has handed over the bodies of the slain militants to the locals, as demanded by them, said Srinagar based police spokesman.
Police however did not comment about the identity of the militants. We are still trying to ascertain their identity, the spokesman said.
Army on Monday said, the militants were killed in an encounter.
The Army spokesman said, around 2:40 pm on Monday the patroling party passing through thickly forest area of Dardpura, Lolab, were fired upon by the militants, the patroling party retaliated by effecting firing immediately. There was a heavy exchange of fire in the forest area.
Seven militants were killed in the heavy firing fight. A cache of arms and ammunition have been recovered. The identity of the slain militants is being ascertained, said the spokesman.
Jammu and Kashmir police had said, the militants were killed in a joint operation.