Jaish OGW arrested
BUDGAM: Government forces resorted to aerial firing in Pakherpora area of Budgam district in the early hours of Friday during clashes with stone-pelting protesters, reports said.
The clashes reportedly started after troops returning from a search operation conducted in Charipora village were pelted with stones in Pakherpora.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that the area was tense since early morning when a cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched in Charipora village.
“After the news broke out, people came out of their houses and started protesting and pelted the government forces with stones. The forces resorted to aerial firing,” said Sameer, a resident of the area.
The CASO was called off at about 9:30am.
Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam, Tijinder Singh, confirmed that troops returning from a search operation in Charipora village were pelted with stones and they resorted to “a few aerial fires”.
“However, the situation was normal,” he said.
Meanwhile, police on Friday claimed to have arrested an over-ground worker (OGW) of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit, Younis Sheikh.
Senior Superintendent of Police Budgam Tijinder Singh confirmed that the arrested person was an OGW. Police sources said that after receiving information about movement of Younis Sheikh in the area, a naka was laid at Kell Kadal in Chadoora where Sheikh was caught.
“Four UBGs (grenades) were recovered from him,” police said.
An FIR no 12/17 under Section 7/25 has been registered at police station Chadoora and investigation has been started, police said.