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Strict restrictions were imposed in the town to thwart any protests as a gunfight raged in Mehmaan mohalla.

Clashes erupted in several areas of Old Anantnag town on Wednesday following a gunfight in Mehmaan mohalla in Lal Chowk area between the militants and the government forces.

However, people defied restrictions in several old town areas and clashed with the forces deployed there.

An official said that gunfight began after the army 1 RR, Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 162 and 40 BN CRPF launched a search operation in the area following inputs about the presence of militants around midnight.

A source said that two militants are believed to be trapped by the forces inside a house in the area. He said that the first gunshot was heard around 4 am.
Mobile Internet service has been snapped in the area.