Three villagers were found shot dead by suspected militants in Reasi district of Indian-controlled Kashmir, said police Friday.
A police spokesman said the killings took place Thursday night in the Bhandara village of Reasi, 120-kilometers north of Jammu city, the region's winter capital.
Without giving details, the spokesman quoted witnesses as saying suspected militants barged into the houses of the three men, all local Muslims, and shot them dead.
A case has been registered and a police party has been sent to the remote village to investigate the matter, police officials said.
In another development, at least 24 people including two Indian policemen and two photojournalists were injured on Friday in stone pelting clashes in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir.
The clashed erupted after the Friday afternoon prayers, police said.
The protesters were manifesting their anger against New Delhi's rule in the region and protesting holding of elections.
Indian police fired dozens of teargas canisters and resorted to baton charging, thus triggering stone pelting in the city.