Forces, ultras ambush in Lolab; manhunt launched
Army and police have launched a manhunt after a brief encounter with militants in Lolab area in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Saturday.
The encounter, according to sources, took place after a search party of the army was fired upon by militants. Police sources said the militants, however, managed to give security forces a slip.
Details about the operation are emerging.
Meanwhile, life is slowly limping back to normal after remaining crippled for four days due to curfew in the frontier district, where seven militants were killed by security forces on February 24. The killings had evoked protests in the district and adjoining areas.
While the situation remained tense, some shops opened amid thin traffic on the roads.
Authorities had imposed curfew-like restrictions in Lalpora when a violent mob attacked a police station and damaged about a dozen vehicles, and also set on fire two sentry posts after the encounter.
Demanding the bodies for burial, the protestors alleged that the seven killed were "locals who had gone into the forest to collect firewood".
Police and army however maintained that the killed were foreign militants.
The bodies were later handed over to locals for burial after taking their photographs.