ANANTNAG: Militants who were trapped in a residential house in Dogripora village of Awantipora have escaped, and government forces then called off the operation on Wednesday morning.
The encounter had started in the village on Tuesday evening after the army and SOG of police laid a cordon in the area after receiving information about the presence of militants. During the consequent exchange of fire, which lasted for more than an hour, the villagers came out of their houses, staged protests and resorted to stone throwing at government forces in order to break the cordon.
The forces fired pellet ammunition at the people, resulting in injuries to two persons, including a minor girl. Following the protests and owing to darkness, government forces suspended the operation but put the village under siege throughout the night to prevent the militants from fleeing.
However, in the morning when the search operation was resumed the government forces realised the militants had escaped. SP Awantipora Irshad Ahmad confirmed both the militants had escaped under the cover of darkness. “We called off the operation this morning as both the militants escaped,” he told Kashmir Reader.
However, another official, on condition of anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that protests by locals also helped the militants to escape.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown was observed in Awantipora township against firing by the CRPF on youths when they were regulating traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National highway last evening. In the unprovoked firing, three youths sustained injuries, who are now undergoing treatment at SMHS.
To protest the firing on civilians, all shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed in the town today.