SHOPIAN: Government forces on Sunday afternoon launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Wathoo village of Shopian district.
A joint team of army, CRPF and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned the village after “intelligence inputs about the presence of of militants” in Arem Mohalla of Wathoo village. The CASO ended “peacefully” at around 5:50 pm, police said.
Local residents said that a gunshot was heard in the village soon after the forces laid siege to the village. They also said that troops smashed the windowpanes of three residential houses during the search operation.
Villagers of Wathoo told Kashmir Reader that forces damaged windowpanes of residential houses and a motor car, even though there was no stone-pelting or ‘provocation’.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian SA Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that there were inputs about the presence of militants in the village but contact was not established and operation was later called off.
“We didn’t conduct door to door searches and I have no reports about the gunshot heard in the area,” he said.