Suspected pro-freedom militants managed to escape after a brief exchange with Indian government forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, reports said Monday.
Reports said Indian army’s 03 RR, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and Jammu and Kashmir police on a tip-off, laid a cordon around Matipora village of the southern district and started a combing operation.
The militants hiding in the village, reports said, opened fire on the joint team sparking off a brief exchange of fire.
“Search operation which continued for many hours has been called off,” reports said.
The northern command of the Indian Army tweeted that a “speculative search operation” was launched in the area, some 5 kilometers from Khanabal town, followed by a round of fire by the troops at 11 am. “The suspected militants fired back,” the army added.