Dozens of civilian protesters were Thursday injured after clashes erupted in several parts of Pulwama district in southern part of Kashmir.
Local sources said that clashes erupted soon after the news about the death of three Lashkar militants spread in the area.
People took to streets and clashed with forces. Paramilitary troops and police forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
Witnesses said that the forces personnel also resorted to massive aerial firing.
During the clashes one identified as Tawseef Ahmad Wani, a resident of Tengpuna Pulwama was hit by a bullet.
He was referred to district hospital Pulwama in a critical condition and later succumbed to injuries.
Meanwhile, traffic was suspended on Kashmir highway at Awantipora after massive protests erupted following the killing of three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants.
One of the militants, Sheeraz Ahmad Bhat, was a resident of Padgampora village of Awantipora.
Thousands of people, including women and children, have assembled in the village to take part in last rites of the slain militant.
Militant killings fallout: Internet services shut, colleges closed, restrictions imposed in Pulwama
Three Lashkar militants – Shariq and Majid of Kakapora – and Sheeraz Ahmad Dar of Padgampora area of Awantipora were killed in the encounter in the wee hours today.
Classwork in Govt Degree Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools of Pulwama district has been suspended.
Internet services were also shut in the district last night after the encounter erupted in New Colony Kakapora.
Three Lashkar militants – Shariq and Majid of Kakapora – and Shabir of Padgampora area of Awantipora were killed in the encounter in the wee hours today.