Anantnag: A residential house caught fire allegedly after a tear smoke shell landed inside it, during protests against a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) here in Bellow village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. Nobody, though, was injured in the fire, which was brought under control in due time.
Several people, however, received minor injuries during the clashes and were treated locally.
As per reports, Bellow village was cordoned off by government forces after they received a tip-off of presence of militants in the area.
“Soon after the CASO was launched, people came out in dozens and started throwing stones at the forces in a bid to disrupt the operation,” a police source told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the government forces used tear smoke shells and baton charge to disperse the protestors.
One of the shells, local sources said, landed right beneath the tin roof of Ghulam Ahmad Dar’s house, near the Jamia Masjid of the village.
Pulwama SSP Chaudhary Mohammad Aslam told Kashmir Reader that the house which caught fire was outside the cordoned area.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that the cause of fire was not a tear smoke shell. I have, nevertheless, asked the district administration to investigate the cause of the fire,” the SSP said.
He said that the CASO was called off later in the day as no contact could be established with militants.