Militant escape cordon in Pulwama 

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Qayoom Khan
Srinagar, April 21: A group of militants on Thursday afternoon broke forces’ cordon and managed to escape in Pulwama district of south Kashmir during a cordon and search operation.
Official sources told news agency GNS that acting on a tip off, a joint team of army’s 55 RR, SOG and CRPF launched cordon-and-search operation at Bulbul Bagh area of Malwar village of Zadur in the southern district.
“Soon after the joint team of forces reached near the suspected spot the militants hiding in the area opened fire upon them and managed to break the forces cordon,” they said.
As the forces intensified the combing operation in Zadur and its adjacent areas to trace out the fleeing militants, the local youth in large numbers gathered near the site and clashed with the police and paramilitary forces.
The police and paramilitary CRPF troopers who were deployed in the area chased the youth and used tear smoke shells to disperse them. However, they hurled stones upon the forces resulted in clashes. “At least six youth were injured in forces action,” said the sources.
SP Pulwama Mohammad Rayees Bhat while confirming the incident told GNS that “our cops were on a routine search when they came under fire from militants in Malwari area of Pulwama”. No one was injured, he said.
The suspected militants are believed to have fled from the spot but police and other forces have launched intense search operations in the area, the officer said, adding that they have launched intense searches to nab the fleeing militants. The officer also said that a cop and five CRPF troopers sustained injuries in stone-pelting clashes.
Meanwhile, an army spokesperson in a statement issued here said that the forces have  recovered a cache of war like stores including ammunition and grenades during a search operation in the area. (GNS)