A 25-year-old woman, identified as Mysra, was also killed in cross firing during the encounter, said a senior police officer.
DGP SP Vaid said, “This is all narco-terrorism as most of the drugs were coming from Pakistan, and some forces with evil designs for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh have been selling these drugs to fund terrorism.
Pakistan’s FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal alleged that India by its firing on the LoC was attempting to “deflect the attention of the international community from the continuing Indian atrocities against Kashmiris”.
The Army, which said its soldiers were on an area domination patrol in Bonmohallah neighbourhood of Hajin, denied the allegations.
“This is in continuation of her earlier measures taken for the rehabilitation of the victims of violence during the unrest of last year,” an official spokesman said.
Masood Khan said that because of increasing Indian influence, “people here (in Washington DC), in Brussels, in London or other world capitals don’t talk about Kashmir, because this would have consequences… for these countries, like in terms of economic transactions, and strategic costs.”
Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including five women were killed and 15 injured when militants attacked a bus carrying at least 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, in South Kashmir.
Farooq Abdullah also claimed that there was a “growing sense of alienation” among the people, especially the youth.
The chief minister, it may be recalled, had committed the withdrawal of cases against youths found not involved in heinous crimes.
Over 2,200 migrant families are living at Talwara camp since 1996 when they were forced to flee their homes in Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region at the height of militancy.
“Obviously, militants are responsible for this killing. He had been shot by a bullet fired from an AK-47 rifle,” said Shopian Superintendent of Police Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar.
Officials said he could be part of the group of three militants who were killed in an encounter around 12 km away from Handwara town on Wednesday.
Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal was asked at the weekly media briefing whether Pakistan would take Kashmir issue to the ICJ. Instead of saying a direct yes or no, he indicated that the issue was being considered by the legal experts.
The SHRC is yet to receive data from Bandipore and Budgam, and the details submitted by the deputy commissioners of Baramulla, Shopian and Kulgam include all pellet injuries.
The separatists tried to stage a sit-in against the “harassment of people especially in south Kashmir” and “ill-treatment” of youth languishing in jails in the valley and outside.