Search and cordon called off in Kulgam after disruption by locals

Search and cordon called off in Kulgam after disruption by locals

Kulgam: Residents of Tarigam village in Kulgam on Wednesday disrupted a search and cordon operation of government troops in the area, leading to the withdrawal of the operation later on.
According to eye-witnesses, police and paramilitary forces cordoned off a public health centre but as soon as the search operation began, scores of locals assembled in the area and began pelting the troops with stones, hindering their operation.
The stone-pelting led to clashes with troops who fired teargas shells to disperse the people. The operation was called off without any arrest made at the spot, the police said.
The disruption occurred in an area close to Frisal village of Kulgam, where on February 12 four militants, two army soldiers and two civilians were killed during a gunfight with militants and subsequent public protests.
A week ago, army chief Bipin Rawat had warned of harsh action against people hindering anti-militancy operations in Kashmir.

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