Srinagar: A gun battle between militants and security forces at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district ended with the escape of the militants, official sources said on Sunday.
They said following specific information about the presence of militants at Aripal, Tral, in Pulwama, troops of Rashitriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) early on Saturday morning.
“When troops were moving towards particular area in the village, militants hiding there, opened fire with automatic weapons, to which the forces also retaliated ensuing in an encounter,” they said.
Meanwhile, several people were injured when security forces fired pellets and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators, who were trying to disrupt the operation.
They said the house in which the militants were hiding was blasted though during searches no body was recovered from the damaged structure. “The militants had managed to break the security cordon and escape from the spot,” they added.