Encounter ensues between militants, GF in Bandipora

Srinagar: An encounter ensued between militants and security forces in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday.
Massive clashes erupted at Hajin between security forces and protestors, who tried to disrupt the operation against the militants.
Official sources told UNI that following specific information about presence of militants, a joint search operation was launched by Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police, Army and CRPF at Hajin in Bandipora. 
When security forces were moving towards a particular area, the militants hiding there, fired at them with automatic weapons.
The security forces also retaliated, ensuing in an encounter, they added.
They said as the news of the operation spread in the area, scores of people, mostly youth, hit the streets and tried to move towards the area where encounter was going on.
Large number of security forces deployed to prevent any protests, immediately swung into action and chased away the demonstrators. However, when it had no impact, security forces burst teargas shells and later fired pellets to disperse the demonstrators, who were pelting stones and bricks.
The encounter and clashes were still going on when the reports last came in.

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