Forces on Wednesday called off a search operation in a Pulwama village in southern part of Kashmir as the militants managed to escape from their cordon.
Reports reaching here said that the cordon and search operation, which started last evening after exchange of fire between militants and forces was called off as militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness at Hakripora Kakapora area of Pulwama district.
Clashes erupted in the area soon after forces launched a cordon and search operation in the village. Scores of people took to streets and pelted stones at the forces to help militants escape, reports said.
Local according to reports said that amidst clashes people removed steel plates of a bridge at Gadoora to halt army vehicles from reaching the spot where militants were hiding.
Forces used teargas shelling to disperse the protesters, local sources said.