An alert was sounded in Jammu after the Army and unidentified armed men exchanged fire on Sunday morning at the Army’s Ratnuchak Military Station in Bari Brahamana area.”The suspects were challenged around 1:50 p.m. but they did not stop. Thereafter warning shots were fired by the sentry. The suspects fired back on the sentry and rushed out of the sight. The search operation is still on,” said the spokesman. Later, the operation was called off.Won’t allow south Kashmir to turn into battleground: MehboobaMeanwhile, former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited the house of a militant whose relatives were allegedly beaten up by the policemen.“I urge Governor Satya Pal Malik to initiate action and prevent such incidents in the future. If harassment of families of militants isn’t stopped, it will have consequences leading to further alienation in the Valley,” said Ms. Mufti.It was a rare visit by Ms. Mufti, since she stepped down as chief minister in June, to visit volatile Pulwama. “I visited Patipora Pulwama where Rubina, whose brother happens to be a militant, was along with her husband and brother beaten up mercilessly in the police custody. The severe nature of her injuries has left her bedridden,” she said.The former chief minister said she won’t allow bloodshed and making south Kashmir a battle ground.4 service rifles stolen from Congress leader’s houseFour service rifles of guards were found missing at a Congress leader’s house in Srinagar on Sunday.An official said the weapons were found missing from the residence of senior Congress leader and former minister Muzaffar Parray at Srinagar’s Jawahar Nagar area. He was putting up in well-guarded government quarters, J-13 and was not home at the time of incident.“We are investigating as to how these weapons went missing,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, Imtiaz Ismail Parray said.Sources said the four policemen, three are from the police’s Security Wing and another from the District Police Sopore, were summoned for questioning. An enquiry to ascertain the circumstances in which the weapons went missing has been initiated, said the official.On September 31, rifles and one pistol were stolen from the residence of former People Democratic Party MLA Ajaz Mir from the high security zone Jawahar Nagar. Later, it surfaced a special police officer (SPO) Adil Bashir Sheikh, 24, from Shopian and later surfaced in pictures posted by militants online.In the past, a policeman guarding PDP leader Altaf Bukhari stole two rifles and joined militant ranks in 2015. In 2016, another policeman decamped with four rifles from the residence of a police officer in south Kashmir.Over 27 automatic service rifles were snatched and stolen by militants in 2018.