Anti-India protests and clashes has erupted in several places in disputed Kashmir on Thursday after Indian troops killed a young man.
Report says an Indian soldier and a rebel were killed in a separate gun battle.
Residents in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city, Srinagar, said government forces shot and killed the young man during a raid early hours of Thursday. The man worked as a shepherd and he was attending to his sheep when troops fired at him.
Police are yet to make a statement.
The killing triggered protests and clashes as hundreds of people poured into streets at several places in downtown Srinagar calling for the end of Indian rule.
They chanted slogans like “Go India, go back” and “We want freedom” as some of the residents barraged police and paramilitary soldiers with stones.
Government troops fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to quell the protests while authorities restricted movement in old quarters of the city.
Later thousands attended the man’s burial.
Elsewhere, India’s army said a soldier and a rebel were killed Thursday in a gun battle in southern Qazigund area.
Col. Rajesh Kalia, an army spokesman, said the troops raided a village in the area on a tip that some militants were hiding there, leading to exchange of gunfire. He said the operation was ongoing.
He said at least two militants were trapped in a mosque after troops laid a siege around it in Panzan village.