SRINAGAR: Government troops were attacked with stones when they were withdrawing from Dawalatpora area of Chadoora on Wednesday after calling off a cordon and search operation (CASO), locals said.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that the CASO was launched following inputs about the presence of militants in Dawalatpora. “Many houses were searched between 1 and 2:30pm. The CASO was later called off after nobody was found hiding,” the sources said.
Dawalatpora is a hamlet close to Chadoora area of Budgam district, 20 km away from Srinagar. The CASO was launched around the higher secondary school in Chadoora town.
Locals of the area said that when the CASO was withdrawn, local youths hurled stones at the troops. The troops fired tear smoke shells to push back the stone-throwing youth, locals said.
A day earlier, on Tuesday, three militants had escaped a cordon after locals threw stones at government troops in Soaf hamlet of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
It was reported that the troops had launched a CASO in the native village of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Bashir Lashkari, following inputs about the presence of at least three militants there.