Houses vandalized, inmates thrashed
Anantnag: Government forces allegedly went berserk in at least two Pulwama villages following unsuccessful Cordon and Search Operations (CASO), in the last less than twenty four hours.
Several people were injured after forces thrashed them. Moreover property worth Lacs has been damaged as forces vandalized dozens of residential houses, in Kareemabad and Bellora villages of the south Kashmir district.
According to reports Kareemabad village was cordoned off by forces at around 9:00 PM lateTuesday evening.
Soon after the CASO was launched, local sources told Kashmir Reader, dozens of youth came out and started throwing stones at the government forces.
“Announcements were made on Masjid loudspeakers urging people to come out. The number protestors kept swelling and it became extremely difficult for the forces to manage the situation,” a local source said.
Police sources said that there might have been one to two militants holed up in the area who managed to escape during the protests.
The searches, sources said, continued till midnight after which the forces left the village.
“They however returned at about 4:00 AM and started vandalizing residential houses and thrashing the locals,” the locals alleged.
The residents allege that at least 40 residential houses were targeted by the forces, smashing the windowpanes and pared cars.
“Many people were also beaten by the forces apart from inflicting losses of Lacs in the village,” the locals allege.
In Bellora a CASO was launched at about 3:00 PM Wednesday afternoon and soon after intense clashes erupted in the area.
The clashes and the CASO continued for a couple of hours after which the forces left the area, but not before vandalizing property and thrashing locals.
“At least 3 people received minor injuries during the clashes. They were treated locally,” a local source said.
Pulwama SP, Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, could not be reached for a comment despite repeated attempts by Kashmir Reader.