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Militants give slip to forces in Palhalan

While militants managed to give slip to government forces during a gunfight at Tantarypora of Palhalan in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday, many people were injured in violent clashes which broke out during the gunfight.

Official sources said that acting on specific information about the presence of some militants at Tantarypora of Palhallan, troop of Army’s 29 RR, CRPF’s 53 Battalion and SOG cordoned off the whole area late Thursday night.

“As the search team of government forces zeroed in on the suspected spot and fired few warning shots, the militants hiding in the area also opened fire around 5 am and managed to break the cordon to make good their escape,” sources said.

“There was brief exchange of fire and militants, believed to be two in number, managed to give slip to forces, following which the operation was called off,” they said.

Meanwhile, violent clashes erupted in the area soon after forces launched the cordon and search operation in the village. Scores of people took to streets and pelted stones at the forces to help militants escape, sources said, adding that government forces retaliated with tear-gas and pallets.

Among scores of people who got injured in forces’ action, 24-year-old youth Ghulam Hassan sustained pellet injuries. He was shifted to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.

Giving details of the encounter, Baramulla’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mir Imtiyaz Hussain said that information about presence of militants in Tantaraypora Palhalan was received and accordingly a joint operation was launched in the area.

“While the cordon was being established and civilians being evacuated from the area, militants fired indiscriminately and managed to escape taking advantage of darkness,” SSP said.

Meanwhile, Internet services were suspended by the authorities in the district as has been a routine in recent times. Authorities also ordered suspension of train service from Srinagar to Baramulla even as it would ply as per schedule in south Kashmir.

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