SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) - A fierce gunfight between militants and Indian troops broke out Friday in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.
The encounter began after a search party was attacked by the terrorists hiding in the area.
A top police official said that, after receiving information about presence of militants in TantarayporaMohalla of Palhalan, a joint operation was launched in the area to nab the militants. A militant is believed to have fled the area during the gun battle.
Both of them managed to escape.
Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse demonstrators in the area. A 24-year-old was injured after government forces reportedly fired pellets at a group of youths near the encounter site.
Earlier joint teams of Baramulla police, 29 RR, SOG and 53 battalion of CRPF launched a cordon and search operation at Palhallan village at around 3 am following inputs about the presence of militants.
He said while the security forces were laying the cordon and evacuating civilians from the area, the militants opened indiscriminate firing and escaped.
Mobile internet service has also been suspended in Baramulla as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours.