While security forces say that the three killed, who they say were travelling in a auto with the terrorist, were his associates, locals allege that they were civilians killed in army firing.
Two militants, one at the site of the shootout and another in an orchard, and four civilians were killed on Sunday when, according to Defence Spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia, a mobile vehicle check post near Pohan in Shopian signalled a auto to stop, but the driver refused to comply. The civilian's body was found in his vehicle, a few hundred metres from the site, while the militant's body was recovered from an orchard several kilometres away, said police. Police identified the militant as Ashiq Hussain, who was affiliated with LeT.
The gunfight took place around 8 pm on Sunday.
"Situation is very tense here, " Ahmed said".
"A joint mobile vehicle check post near Pohan in Shopian was sacked upon by militants at 8:00 pm (local time) from a vehicle".
A police official said restrictions were imposed in downtown and uptown Srinagar and Shopian and other sensitive areas of south Kashmir. "But the militants fired at the troops from both the vehicles". In the ensuing gunfight, one terrorist was hit and he fell off the vehicle.
The three killed were identified as Suhail Khaleel Wagay of Pinjoora, Muhammad Shahid Khan of Malikgundand, Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay of Trenz, all from Shopian district. "Three more bodies were found in the vehicle amid the inquiry". "No militant was accompanying them".
Two bodies of terrorists and four other bodies have been recovered.
India-Occupied Kashmir's chief minister Mehbooba Mufi said she was "deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire" as demonstrators took to the streets.
Call for the strike has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
In wake of Shopian killings, authorities on Monday chose to reduce mobile internet speed in entire Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure.
The State Public Service Commission ordered the cancellation of Monday's civil services exams in the state.
Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education of Kashmir (JKBOSE) has also postponed all the examinations scheduled for March 6 and 7.
The body of Gowhar Ahmad Lone, 24, of Molu Chitragam, Shopian, was found around 250 meters away from the site at Pahnoo.
Mahmood Shah, chief of the LeT, Lashkar-e-Taiba, also condemned the civilian killings. The militants then fired in the air to honour their dead colleague.