On Tuesday the Kashmiri leaders blamed the Indian authorities for killing an eminent leader in India-occupied Kashmir, as anti-India protests and clatters chased a gun battle that killed four armed fighters and an army commando in the disputed region.

Fighting initiated early Tuesday after police and soldiers cordoned off a village on a tip that Kashmiri fighters were smacking in a house, said Indian army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia. “The Kashmiri fighters disregarded calls of surrender and fired at the soldiers and in the exchange the four were killed,” he said.

“One soldier from India’s special-forces unit was destroyed and two soldiers injured in the fighting,” Police said. Local residents said that the soldiers blasted the house with explosive device.

As news of the Kashmiri fighters’ assassination spread, hundreds of villagers seeking an end to Indian rule hit the streets to show commonality with the fighters, sparking clashes with government forces.

At least four women were wounded when troops fired bullets, shotgun pellets and tear gas to confront stone-throwing marchers.

Gunmen sprayed gunfire to Hafizullah Mir, a top political leader of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, a group that challenges India’s dominion over Kashmir, at his home in the southern Achabal area. Hafizullah Mir died on the spot while his wife was injured in the attack, police and residents said.

Kashmiri leaders have termed it elimination and blamed the Indian authorities for carrying out the terrible attack on the local leader.

Hafizullah Mir was released from jail last month following two years’ custody in India. Tehreek-i-Hurriyat had said recently that Hafizullah Mir was getting life threats over the telephone.

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