Srinagar, Aug 7: Government forces on Monday launched a cordon-and-search operation at Pingleena village of Pulwama to trace out the militants who fled from Samboora area of the southern district last night.
While one militant namely Umar of Pakistan died, two of his other associates ‘Rehman Bhai’ of Pakistan and Ayoub, a local managed to escape, one of them in injured conditions, at Samboora by taking advantage of darkness amid clashes during the gunfight that had started on late Sunday evening.
Official sources told Media that the cordon at Pingleena near B.Ed College was launched by reinforced joint team of army, SOG and CRPF after pressing sniffer dogs into service.
Umar and Rehman Bhai, according to police were close aids of Abu Dujana. Dujana along with Arif Lilhari were killed in an encounter at Hakripora on August 1.
The clashes broke out near Pingleena soon after the news about the cordon spread. The police and paramilitary CRPF used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.