Militants  on Saturday morning managed to escape after brief exchange of fire in Dehruna village of Anantnag village.

An official confirmed to KNO that militants have managed to escape in Dehruna and operation has been called off.

Earlier, a joint team of forces including 19 RR and SOG cordoned off Dehruna area of Anantnag following specific information about the presence of some militants in the area.

As the joint team of forces intensified the searches towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire, leading to an encounter, he said.

However during initial exchange of fire, militants managed to break the cordon and escaped from the spot, he said, adding that after intial exchange, cordon was extended to nearby villages. However, the operation after finding no militant there was called off.

Meanwhile, soon after news of encounter spread in the area, youth took to streets and started pelting stones on government forces, which was retaliated by smoking tear smoke shells.

Eyewitnesses said that several youth received minor injuries during the clashes.(KNO)