Fear and shock writ large on the faces of Saraibala women as they are yet to come to terms with what happened in their locality in the nightly hours of Monday.—Abid Bhat/KO

Sarai Bala Shootout : Blood Stains and Allegations of ‘Staged Encounter’

Scores of people gathered in a narrow street in Srinagar’s Sarai Bala locality on Tuesday morning to offer funeral prayers in absentia to the two militants killed last night and they alleged it was “staged”.

We killed a top JeM commander: Police

A top commander of militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad was among two militants killed in a gun battle with security forces in Maharaja Bazaar area of the city tonight, police said.

Duo approached me to let room for studying : Landlady

Raja Begum, the landlady in whose house the shootout took place on Monday night leading to the killing to two youth described by police as ‘militants’, told reporters on Tuesday

Residents narrate a woeful tale

At the entrance of the lane leading to this congested locality, the Sarai Bala in civil lines here, the protesters including women are engaging cops in pitched battles, while inside, a group of dozen odd women .