Protests erupted in Parr MohallaHajin in North Kashmir's Bandipora district after gunshots were heard early Thursday morning.
Sources said that SOG and Army's 13 RR unit based in Manasbal had cordoned off Parr MohallaHajin at around 7:40 am after inputs about presence of two militants in a residential house.
They said that militants opened fire at forces after they zeroed in on the house. "As soon as they opened fire people came out of their homes and started protesting near the encounter site which helped the militants to escape from there."
Witnesses said that protestors pelted stones at forces and raised pro-freedom slogans. "Forces resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protestors."
The protests lasted for several hours.
Meanwhile, residents of SayeedMohalla and Parr Mohalla alleged that after the militants managed to give slip to forces, police and army went berserk in the twin localities, ransacked several houses, broke window panes and beat up inmates.
"Two women received injuries as they were beaten by forces. They also ransacked several houses and broke window panes," locals said.
However, police denied the allegations saying that forces exercised maximum restraint even after facing protests.
"Nobody was beaten nor any house was damaged. The forces exercised maximum restraint despite protests in the area," said a senior police official.