Clashes in Pulwama village during CASO

Clashes in Pulwama village during CASO
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Grenade attack on Noorabad MLA’s house

SRINAGAR: Massive clashes broke out at Drabgam village in Pulwama district on Sunday, soon after government forces launched a cordon-and-search operation (CASO).
According to a local news agency, a joint team of army’s 44 RR, police SOG and paramilitary CRPF laid siege to Drabgam village on Sunday afternoon, following intelligence inputs about the presence of some militants.
As the forces launched their operation, scores of youths took to the streets and started hurling stones on the forces. Police and CRPF fired tear smoke shells and pellet guns to disperse them, locals said.
The clashes continued till the forces withdrew the CASO from the area.
SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudhary said that the operation was launched based on information about some militants in the area. “The operation is almost over now and the search parties are returning back from the area,” the SSP was quoted by the news agency as saying.
Meanwhile, a CASO was launched at Chitrigam, Zainapora, by a joint team of army’s 3 RR, SOG, and CRPF.
In another incident, unknown persons on Sunday evening lobbed a grenade on the house of MLA Noorabad Abdul Majeed Paddar.
Suspected militants at about 7:05 pm hurled the grenade which exploded near the MLA’s house in Damhal village of Kulgam district.
“In the blast, windowpanes of the house suffered minor damage,” a police officer said.
He said that security guards retaliated with firing; however, no one suffered injuries in the incident. The MLA, who belongs to the ruling PDP, was not present in the house at the time of the attack.
Police said a search operation was immediately launched to nab the attackers.