The death toll in the Hyderpora encounter here rose to four after a doctor injured in the firing succumbed to injuries early Tuesday, police officials said.
Mudasir Gul, believed to be a dental surgeon, was injured in the exchange of firing on Monday.
Police have said two militants and a militant associate were killed in the encounter at Hyderpora Bypass here last evening.
One of the slain was Mohammad Altaf Bhat, a resident of Old Barzulla locality. Bhat owned a hardware store and a cement dealership near the scene of the encounter. But his family said Bhat was used as a human shield and killed in cold blood.
Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar claimed the civilian was injured in the firing by militants.
Militants were hiding on the top floor of his building and as per sources and digital evidence, he has been working as a militant associate, Kumar said in a tweet.
However, the family claimed that Bhat had no links to militancy.
The PDP has demanded an investigation into the matter. “These allegations are grave and merit speedy investigation. The least @JmuKmrPolice could do is hand over the dead body to the family for a decent burial. Are even dead ones a threat to peace now?” the party tweeted.