On Sunday morning, two militants were neutralised by the Indian Army in an encounter that broke out at Tahab village of Pulwama district in South Kashmir. Following a tip-off over the presence of militants in the area, security forces and army together cordoned off the Tahab village in Pulwama.

As the search operations were underway, militants hiding at the houses opened fire triggering an encounter. They were later gunned down after strong retaliation from the forces.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said: “Two militants were killed in an ongoing security operation in Tahab village.”

According to the police sources, the two victims were identified as Irfan Sheikh and Abid.

Soon after the news about the death of militants broke, people came on roads are started protesting against the army. 

According to reports, one youth has been injured in firing in the clashes that began near the encounter site.

Previously on July 29, Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district after Pakistan violated ceasefire. Police said that Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at Indian positions on the LoC in Digwar area of Poonch district at 7.30 pm on Saturday.

“Indian Army responded strongly and shelling and firing exchanges continued for around 25 minutes”, police sources said.