Shopian: Shopian district remained shut for the seventh consecutive day since the killing of two militants and a civilian last Wednesday. All business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the roads.
Clashes between government forces and protesters were reported from Bonbazar area of the town. Eyewitnesses said that the main road was blocked by protesters at Bonbazar. To disperse the protesters, police fired tear smoke shells and eyewitnesses said that the forces fired several shots in the air as well.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that there was no firing or clashes in any part of the town.
Meanwhile, local news agency CNS reported that residents of Karimabad village in Pulwama alleged that during the nocturnal cordon and search operation, forces caused massive damage to parked vehicles and residential houses.
They said that on Tuesday night, Army soldiers from 55 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off the village. During search operation, youth hit the streets and pelted forces with stones. Forces retaliated with tear-smoke shells which caused injuries to couple of youth.
The villagers said that forces targeted parked vehicles and residential houses. “They caused massive damage to properties and even targeted a local mosque,” they added.
A police official while refuting the allegations said that a group of youth resorted to massive stone pelting and tried to hamper the search operation.