Bandipora: Locals disrupted a cordon and search operation (CASO) that was launched in Khos Mohalla and Wahab Parray Mohalla localities of Hajin in Bandipora district on Wednesday morning. The operation was called off after two hours when the militants suspected to be hiding in the localities were not found. While the operation was on, locals clashed with government forces, hurling stones at them. Locals told Kashmir Reader that several teargas shells were fired at the protestors and three youths were injured by pellets.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that as soon as the forces laid a siege to these localities at 5am, people came out of their houses and clashed with the government troops by throwing stones at them. Witnesses said that government forces resorted to tear gas shelling and pellet firing on protesters. The “intense” clashes lasted till the forces vacated the area at about 7.30am, they said.
An official said that the army’s 13 RR, the main unit in the area, along with the special operations group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and paramilitary forces jointly launched a CASO in the two localities, after inputs about the presence of militants in the area. “The forces withdrew the siege at 7:30 am after no militant was found,” the official said.
Locals sources said that three youth were injured with pellets and were treated locally, “fearing a police witch hunt against them”.
Government forces later laid a siege around three villages near Bandipora town – Gund Dachina, Malikpora, and Gujjarpatti.
An official said that the army’s 13 RR from the Aragam camp and Jammu and Kashmir Police launched the operation jointly, “after inputs of the presence of at least three militants in the area”.
However, all the operations in the day yielded nothing.