Bandipora: Militants are believed to have successfully fled the encounter site in Hajin in this northern district on Sunday morning.
An SOG personnel of J&K police was killed and his colleague critically injured after an encounter ensued in Mir Mohalla, Hajin.
However, sources said that militants fled the spot just after initial firing during which two cops were hit by bullets.
Local sources said people in groups came out of their houses and held massive protests followed by intense stone pelting.
“Government forces have retreated as protests spread,” they added.
Two civilians were injured during clashes, locals said.
However, a police official said that search operation is going on in the area.
The authorities had snapped internet services early in the morning soon after reports of encounter.
The slain cop was identified as Zaheer Ahmad.