Due to the killings, several protests were carried out in Pulwama district, where residents clashed with the troops in Harkipora area.
A wave of violent anti-India protests have erupted across the Valley following the shooting of a civilian protester by security forces near an encounter site where the divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba for Kashmir, Abu Dujana, was killed earlier today.
Dujana alias Hafiz, a Pakistani national, was along with a local militant gunned down by the security forces during a fierce encounter in southern Pulwama district on Tuesday, triggering widespread protests in parts of the Valley. Forces responded with teargas, pellets and live fire to contain the situation, sources said. "He somehow knew that day that his phone was being tracked and misled us", said an officer involved in joint operations. One of them identified as Akeel Ahmed Bhat who had received a bullet in the abdomen succumbed in a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday morning, the officials said.
Director general of CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar said Dujana was one of the most unsafe terrorists in the area and was involved in attack on convoys, bank robberies and motivating youths in J&K.
Dujana figured at number one in the list of "most unsafe terrorists" released by the Army in June this year. He had a reputation for being "a master of disguise" who escaped at least five previous military cordons.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that the shutdown was also against the continued raids, torture and arrest of youth, and the frequent crackdown and search operations by the troops in villages of south Kashmir in which common people were targeted.
"He (Dujana) kept weapons and ammunition stashed away in different areas and moved like a civilian disguised as a student and sometimes as a labourer", a resident of south Kashmir, who declined to be named, told AFP.
Police said the bodies of the two militants were charred "nearly beyond recognition".
After the killing of Dujana, the focus will be now shifted to the new Lashkar commander, Abu Ismail who was named by police in the Amarnath yatra attack and Abu Qasim's brother Abdul Rehman. It had also said that getting these militants dead or alive is the top priority of the Army.