Srinagar: At least fifteen youths were injured in clashes with police and paramilitary forces that erupted less than half a mile from the encounter site in Pampore area of Kashmir region on Monday.
Witnesses said that forces fired pellets at the protesters who refused to relent despite teargas shelling near Frestbal mosque.
The protesters, mostly young men, chanted pro-freedom slogans and hurled rocks at the forces as they tried to march towards the site of the gunbattle raging on since Saturday afternoon at the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI).
Despite curfew-like restrictions, the youth held strong demonstrations in several adjoining areas of Drangbal and Frestbal to express solidarity with the militants entrenched inside the EDI building.
Earlier, a police official said that the militants were restricted to the upper storey during the gunfight that has been raging on for past more than 40 hours.
So far, six people, including two captains and a soldier of Para 9, two paramilitary troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a civilian have been killed in the gunfight.
The gunfight started on Saturday evening when militants attacked a CRPF bus at Sempora (Pampore) on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
After attacking the bus, the militants had entered the JKEDI complex and taken cover in the multi-storeyed building.
The slain people include Abdul Gani Mir of Gundipora Pulwama, JKEDI gardener, captain Pawan Kumar of 10 para regiment belonging to Jind (Haryana), captain Tushar Mahajan of nine para regiment belonging to Udhampur town of Jammu region, Lance naik Om Prakash of nine para regiment, head constable Bhola Prasad and driver constable R. K. Rana, both of the CRPF.
More than a dozen other troopers have been injured in the twin-attacks.