On May 28, in a similar attack on the cash van of J&K bank, militants killed five policemen and two private security guards in neighbouring Kulgam's Pumai village.
As the fighting raged, thousands of people from neighboring villages marched to Arwani in an attempt to help the trapped rebels escape.
The police department had issued an advisory, asking policemen from south Kashmir to avoid visiting their villages in view of the threats, said the media reports. The local protesters amid pro-freedom slogans hurled rocks on the troopers who retaliated with pellets, bullets and tear-smoke shells.
Meanwhile government blocked 3G, 4G internet mobile services to prevent any law & order problem besides suspended train service as a precautionary measures. The protesters clashed with Indian troops and police personnel deployed in the town. As the operation was being carried out by the forces, some Kashmiri youths assembled there and tried heckling the operation by pelting stones which resulted in clashes.
Also on Friday, Indian soldiers fired at a taxi after it ignored orders to halt at a checkpoint in northern Bandipora, Khan said.
The two armies have traded heavy fire along the de facto border nearly daily in recent weeks, killing civilians and soldiers on both sides while accusing each other of breaching a 2003 ceasefire agreement.
Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.
Over a dozen armed rebel groups are fighting almost half a million Indian troops, with tens of thousands of people, majority civilians, killed in the almost three decades-old conflict. Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.