The security forces engaged suspected militants in a forest area Kupwara district and seized a cache of arms and ammunition on Sunday, police said on Monday. Troops of 6 Rashtriya Rifles noticed some suspicious movement in Kehmal forest area of Handwara and challenged the heavily armed militants, a police official said.
He said the militants opened firing towards security forces, who retaliated forcing the ultras to flee from the spot. There were no casualties in the brief exchange of firing between the two sides, the official said.
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During the search of the encounter scene, the army personnel recovered a pistol, two pistol magazines, 40 rounds of ammunition, one power bank with battery charging cable, a binocular, seven dry batteries, an axe and a walking stick, he said.
Police has registered a case under various sections of law in connection with the incident.