'The visit of EU members has belied Pakistani propaganda that nobody can move out in Kashmir and that life has been halted here after the abrogation of state's special status', said a senior official.
Police sources said that the militants came to Katrasoo village of Kulgam, took out the masons and carpenters from outside the state working there and opened fire at them, killing five of them on the spot.
The terrorist incident comes a day ahead of a scheduled visit of a delegation of Members of the European Parliament to the valley to closely monitor the ground situation there.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers of Indian Army at Line of Control in Rajouri District of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
J&K Governor Satyapal Malik on Monday warned Pakistan that Indian forces would cross the Line of Control if the neighbouring country didn't mend its ways and stop supporting terror.
At least 35 Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in retaliatory firing and shelling in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, Defence sources said.
Despite the shutdown and killing of a non-local apple trader and a driver, apple farmers in Kashmir have managed to send six lakh metric tons of apples outside Kashmir.
In the ensuing encounter, the three militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The identity and affiliation of the slain militants were yet to be ascertained, a police statement said.
BSF's Inspector General, Jammu conveyed deep regret at Mondal's death and also conveyed deep gratitude to the SDRF, villagers and the Pakistan Rangers who came forward to carry on the rescue operation for three continuous days.
The government had ordered a complete clampdown in the Valley on the evening of August 4, a day before the Article 370 granting special status to the Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated.
Former India skipper M.S. Dhoni, who is currently serving in the Indian Army, is in Ladakh where he brought in India's 73rd Independence Day with the masses of the newly formed union territory.
Malik, the other founder-member of the KWC, has been a practising lawyer for nearly a decade. Her focus is on cases of domestic abuse and discrimination against women and most of her work is pro bono.
Sources said the airfares on the route have risen despite the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) verbally communicating to airlines to be ready for additional flight deployment in the wake of the state advisory.
In another unrelated incident on Saturday morning, Lance Naik Rajender Singh of 57 Rashtriya Rifles was killed in Pakistan ceasefire violation on the Line of Control in Machil sector of Kupwara district .
Nearly 2.60 lakh pilgrims performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in the last 20 days as another batch of 4,158 Yatris left Jammu on Sunday for the cave shrine in Kashmir Valley.
In 2008, the Hangul count was 127. In 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017 it was 175, 218, 186 and 214 with ratio of 26, 29, 22 and 16 males for 100 females and 27, 25, 14 and 19 fawns for 100 females, respectively.
This year's 45-day long annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave shrine situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
Zakir Musa, a close associate of Burhan Wani who was killed in 2017, was a militant of Hizbul Mujahideen who succeeded Burhan and later headed the Al Qaeda affiliate. He had taken to militancy in 2013.
The gunfight took place on Wednesday morning in Gopalpora village after the security forces started a search operation in the area following reports of the presence of militants.
Two militants and a the boy, who was taken hostage, were killed in an encounter in Bandipora district's Mir Mohalla area. "One Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander is among the two militant victims," the police said.
One person was killed and 30 others were injured on Thursday when a grenade rolled under a packed parked bus in Jammu's main bus stand by a militant exploded with a thunderous explosion, police said.
Their bodies have been recovered from the Mir Mohalla area in Tral region. "We have also recovered two AK-47 rifles. A combing operation is underway," a police officer said. Mobile Internet services in the town was suspended.
There was heavy firing on Thursday between Indian and Pakistan across the Line of control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, the Defence Ministry said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday said it searched 11 places of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants and separatist leaders in connection with the Pulwama terror attack and terror-funding.