Pramod Kumar, commandant of the 49 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was killed in an old city area.

"The militants entered a house in Nowhatta after attacking the security forces and a gunfight has started there," a police officer said.

"Two of the militants have been gunned down and the other two are still firing from the house."

However, the main Independence Day function passed off peacefully in Srinagar on Monday.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoisted the national flag and was given salute at a parade at the Bakshi stadium. She said peace was imperative for equal development of all the three regions of the state.


"I ensured that civilians are not used as human shield during anti-militancy operations. I am sad because certain elements are using our youths as a shield to fulfil their notorious desires.

"These elements are trying to achieve their objectives through violence," the chief minister said.

"Thousands have died in the state in 1990s but what did we achieve?" she asked. "During the past 40 days we handed our youths to these vested interests who are using them as cannon fodder."

Members of the state council of ministers, senior civil and military officials were present during the Independence Day celebration ceremony. Authorities have imposed curfew in the entire Srinagar and all other nine districts in the Valley to prevent violence on the country's 70th Independence Day celebration.

(With Agency Inputs)

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