Two gunmen opened fire in a hospital in occupied Kashmir where a militant was brought for treatment, escaping with the high-profile prisoner and killing two police personnel.
A manhunt is underway after the attackers stormed the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar and opened fire on police guarding Naveed Jutt, a rebel imprisoned in the restive province since 2014.
The trio escaped on a motorcycle and were still at large. Police have set up roadblocks and fanned out in search teams across the Himalayan territory.
Pakistan and India both control parts of Kashmir but claim the whole of the territory and have fought two of their three wars over it since independence in 1947.
On Sunday, lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people in the special session of the Punjab Assembly and strongly condemned Indian atrocities inflicted on innocent people in Indian-held Kashmir.