Clashes during cordon and search op in Anantnag village

Mohammad Suhail

Anantnag: Intense street clashes occurred in Marhama village of Anantnag district on Monday evening during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) by government troops.
Villagers alleged that troops vandalised their property and ruthlessly beat many villagers, including women, after the street clashes.
As per reports, Dangpora locality of Marhama was cordoned off by troops at about 5:30 in the evening. “There was an input about presence of militants in the area,” a police official told Kashmir Reader. He said that the operation was jointly conducted by the army, police and CRPF.
As the news of the CASO spread in the area, a large number of people moved towards the cordoned locality and attacked the troops with stones.
Local sources said that police used teargas and sonic shells to disperse the stone-throwing youth.
As the clashes intensified, the locals alleged, the troops started vandalising property in the village.
“Cars, shop fronts and even government property was not spared. They smashed everything that came their way,” locals said.
The troops, as per locals, also detained some youth and beat up people, including women, who opposed the detention of the youths.
SDPO Sangam Ghulam Mohammad Bhat acknowledged that there were “minor” clashes during the CASO.
“There was no vandalism of the sort you are telling me. The CASO ended at about 6 when no contact could be established with the militants,” Bhat said.