Srinagar: First encounter of 2019 broke out between militants and goverment forces in Mir Mohalla, Gulshanpora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
Reports reaching said that a joint team of army’s 42RR and SOG launched cordon and search operation in Gulshanpora.
As the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot the hiding militants fired upon goverment forces triggering an encounter.
Till this report was filed intermittent firing was going on.
Meanwhile intense clashes have erupted between protesters and government forces erupted near the gunfight site.
As per reports hundreds of protesters including women assembled and threw stones on forces who responded with intense tear smoke shelling on protesters.
They said that announcements are being made on loudspeakers in the mosques asking others to come out
Adding that people in large numbers from adjacent areas shouting pro independence and pro Militancy slogans are trying to march towards the encounter site. (with inputs from GNS)
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