Indian army on Sunday said four militants were shot dead in recent clashes in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir. Three more rebels were killed after they tried to storm a government office in Poonch district.
The curfew has been in effect in Kashmir for over two months now, following an upsurge in violence since 9th July.
Over 70 people have been killed in clashes since then. These clashes have swelled up between protestors and security forces and thousands have been killed in such violence for years.
Indian soldiers killed fur militants as they tried to cross the “de facto border” that divides the disputed Himalayan region between India and Pakistan in Kupwara.
An army official said, “They tried to infiltrate into Nowgam sector (an area northwest of the main city of Srinagar) and were intercepted. Four militants were killed and their AK rifles were recovered”.
The clashes with militants came as stone-pelting residents protesting against Indian rule of the region clashed with security forces in Pulwana and two other places in the southern Kashmir valley, leaving many injured, police said.
On the other hand, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the security forces to crack down on those instigating violence and choreographing stone pelting mobs in Kashmir.
In a high-level meeting held in Delhi, Mr. Singh said schools and colleges in Valley must be reopened within a week and students should attend it without fear.
Sources said Mr. Singh has asked the security forces and intelligence agencies to try and bring back calm to the Valley within a week.