SRINAGAR - Indian-occupied Kashmir largely shut down on Monday and hundreds of police were deployed in the main city after the weekend shooting of two civilians by the army.

The shutdown to protest against the shootings came as a police officer and a freedom-fighter were killed in a separate incident south of Srinagar, said police chief Abdul Gani Mir.

The officer and the fighter died in the village of Mandoora, 35 kilometres  from Srinagar, during a gunbattle that also wounded three soldiers, the police chief said.

“We launched an operation based on intelligence of the presence of militants in the area,” Mir said.

“One of our boys was martyred in the operation,” Mir said, also confirming the death of the rebel.

In Srinagar shops and other businesses, along with schools, were closed and traffic was light after a separatist group called for a strike in the region to protest at the weekend killings.

On Sunday soldiers opened fire on angry demonstrators, killing one. They had been protesting after the military shot dead a teenager hours earlier during a hunt for militants in Markondal village north of Srinagar.

Hundreds of police and paramilitary troops were deployed in the inner parts of Srinagar on Monday to try to prevent protests. A curfew was imposed on parts of the region, which remained tense following the deaths.

Despite the curfew, hundreds of villagers in the northern town of Hajin took to the streets, shouting anti-India slogans, while some tried to torch an army-run school.

“Curfew is strictly implemented. The area is calm now,” police superintendent Bashir Khan told AFP.

The army runs “goodwill” schools across the territory as part of an operation aimed at “winning the hearts and minds” of people who deeply resent their presence in populated areas.

Police have launched an investigation into the weekend shootings. The Indian army has started its own probe, after describing both incidents as regrettable.

In a separate incident, Indian soldiers shot and killed a man at Saujaya in Poonch region who may have been carrying explosives from across the Line of Control, an army spokesman said.

“When our troops fired at him an explosion occurred. A badly mutilated body was found on the spot,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia told AFP.