"The encounter has concluded at Badigam-Zainpora in Shopian. Well done boys - Army/ CRPF/J&K Police".
Meanwhile, clashes erupted near Badigam and its adjoining areas following the encounter while as forces rushed additional reinforcement of paratroopers, army, CRPF and SOG to the gunfight site in Shopian village of south Kashmir. The two other civilians killed in security forces' actions have been identified as Sajad Ahmed Rather, a resident of Verinag, Dooru in Anantnag district and Adil Ahmed, a resident of Mahigund Ashmuji village of Kulgam.
A policeman and a soldier of 44 RR were injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants, reports said.
Two police officials and an Army personnel suffered minor injuries during the gunbattle, a police official said. The assistant professor had reportedly joined the terrorist group a few years ago, people familiar with the matter told NDTV.
Mr Vaid said: "We brought his father from his home to persuade him to surrender, but he, like all of them, refused".
Authorities have handed over the professor's body to his family for burial in his Chunduna village in Ganderbal district.
Protests soon broke out on the university campus, with students alleging that there could be foul play over his disappearance.
He had also written to the Director General of Police, requesting him that all efforts be made to trace Bhat's whereabouts.
Mobile Internet services have been snapped in south Kashmir districts and Ganderbal in central Kashmir, while the facility remained barred in Srinagar for the second consecutive day today.