Military officials said they had recovered a rifle from one of the slain militants, but local residents disputed the Army's version of events. "Also the three person who were accompanying the terrorist were found to be dead", he said in a statement issued here. In the retaliation, one terrorist was killed.
While the army called them "over-the-ground workers or accomplices" of the militants travelling in a Maruti Swift auto, the locals said they were just civilians.
Police said the investigation of the case has been taken up and bodies were handed over to the legal heirs. Suhail had hired the services of the other two boys to help him transport fruit carts into the cold storage.
They were stopped and taken into preventive custody, the officials said.
Families of the slain victims have refuted the army's charges that their sons were accomplices or had anything to do with militancy. "In retaliatory operation, one militant identified as Shahid Ahmad Dar was killed", Army Spokesperson said.
ALL those killed in the shootout in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district were linked to militancy and the soldiers acted in self-defence, the Army said on Monday.
However, Col Kalia issued a detailed statement on the incident saying that two speeding vehicles were seen approaching the MVCP location from the direction of village Trenz on Sunday evening.
"Situation is very tense here, " Ahmed said". But the police said they found the body of another individual near the site of the shootout, The Hindu reported.
The killings have triggered outrage in the Valley. The chief minister tweeted her condolences to the families of the people who were "caught in cross fire".
As separatists called for a strike against the killings, authorities imposed strict restrictions to prevent the escalation of tensions.
Mobile Internet service was snapped in twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir while high-speed service was suspended across the Valley. All the schools and colleges have been closed while exams which were scheduled for Monday have been postponed.
APHC leaders Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Yasin Attaie, Syed Muhammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous Wani, Rafeeq Ahmed Owaisi, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Rameez Raja, Syed Imtiaz Haider, Devender Singh Behl, Imran Ahmed and Showkat Ahmed Khan led a protest in Srinagar against the Shopian killings.