SHOPIAN: Two cordon-and-search operations (CASO) in Shopian villages ended amid clashes between protesters and government forces and no contact being established with militants on Thursday.
A joint team of army (44RR), 14th battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned and searched Pinjora village of Shopian some two kilometers from district headquarters and Wani-mohalla in the Keller area after ‘intelligence inputs’ about presence of militants in these areas.
Eyewitnesses in Pinjora said that soon after the government forces cordoned a mohalla (locality) of the village, local youths hit the streets and hurled stones on government forces, who used tear smoke shells to disperse them. Later the operation was called off when no contact with militants was established.
Eyewitness said that several houses were searched in the Raethpora locality of Pinjora during the massive stone-pelting by protesters and tear smoke shelling by the forces.
Soon after the Pinjora CASO ended, government forces cordoned Wani-mohalla in Keller. Police sources said that door to door searches were conducted in several residential houses in the village.
Local sources said that as soon as the government forces cordoned the village, people came out of their houses and hurled stones on the troops deployed for the operation. They said that state forces retaliated with tear smoke shells and sound canisters. Later this operation was called off as according to police no contact with militants was established.
Senior superintendent of police Shopian S A Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that Pinjora operation was called off with no significant results. “There were minor clashes which were contained peacefully by security forces,” he said.
He added that as yet he had no information about the ground reports regarding Keller CASO. “Soon I will get the details and I will inform you accordingly,” he said.