Khunmoh gunfight: Clashes erupt as people march towards the encounter site

Srinagar

Clashes erupted in Balhama area of Khunmoh, some 18 kms from Srinagar city as a gunfight raged between suspected militants and government forces on Thursday.

Sources said that hundreds of youth assembled near the encounter site pelted stones on forces to disrupt gunfight between militants and forces, shouting pro-freedom and anti-government slogans, triggering massive clashes triggering massive clashes in Balhama area of Khunmoh.

Government forces retaliated the protestors by tear gas smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protesters.

The gunfight began after forces launched a search operation in the area following an attack on the policemen guarding a Bharatiya Janata Party worker Anwar Khan.

A policeman was injured in the attack.

A police official said that the exchange of fire was going on when last reports came in.

Further details are awaited.

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