Militants escape during forces’ seige in Shopian

Militants escape during forces’ seige in Shopian

Another gunfight on in Tral
Shopian: Villagers from three Shopian villages—Sugan, Chillipora and Heff—clashed with government forces who had surrounded an area where several militants were believed to be hiding in Sugan.
The forces called off the operation after militants escaped.
According to eyewitnesses, the forces had to resort to aerial firing and tear smoke shelling to disperse the protesters at Heff village.
At least one person reportedly received a bullet injury while as another person was injured in eyes due to pellets. The injured were taken to Pulwama District hospital following which they were referred to a Srinagar hospital.
Another person, who was also injured due to pellets, was treated at Zainapora Shopian hospital, a doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Reader.
Forces had launched an overnight anti-militancy operation in Sugan Chillipora village but the militants were believed to have escaped from the security cordon.
The protesting youth pelted stones at forces at Heff following which one of their vehicles met an accident in the area.

Gunfight erupts in Tral
A gunfight raged between suspected militants and government forces in Nigeenpora Hufoo area in south Kashmir on Saturday. A top police official said two militants are holed up in the house which was cordoned off by the army and police’s Special Operations Group following a tip-off.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that the gunfight ensued soon after militants opened fire on government forces, who had laid a siege in the village. Soon clashes ensured between the forces and youth who tried to move towards the gunfight site to help militants escape. But the forces prevented people from moving ahead triggering clashes in the area.
A police official in Tral said the protesting youth attacked a CRPF man and  snatched his rifle  near Gool Masjid in the town. According to eye-witnesses, a heavy exchange of fire is currently underway near the encounter site.
DIG Police south Kashmir SP Pani said the gunfight was going on while denying curfew was imposed in the town. However, section 144 cr pc was imposed around 3 km radius of the encounter site prohibiting assembly of more than four people.

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