KUNZER (BARAMULLA): A cordon and search operation (CASO) was conducted by government forces on Friday in Malwah village and its adjoining forest area in Baramulla district, during which four civilians including two OGWs (over-ground workers for militants) have been arrested, police said.
Police sources said that the CASO was launched after inputs regarding presence of militants in the area.
However, according to Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain, there were no specific inputs regarding the presence of militants and it was routine CASO that was conducted peacefully.
“The cordon was laid at mid-day and it ended peacefully, but four persons were detained during the police action,” Hussain said. “Among them, two are over ground workers who are involved in providing shelter and food to militants,” he added.
“Two other civilians who are involved in disruption of peace and stone-pelting have also been detained,” he said.
A local source said that a huge contingent of police special operations group (SOG) and the army cordoned off the area in broad daylight and started conducting searches. The source said that an intense search operation was carried out in the forest area.
Locals alleged that government forces ransacked houses and broke windowpanes in Malwah village.
“When civilians were detained, the people staged protests, which turned into clashes,” a local said. He added that the army retaliated with teargas shelling.
Police refuted these allegations and said there was no teargas shelling, though blasts were carried out to raze the hideouts of militants, SSP Hussain said.
He added that a few more stone-pelters have been identified and they will also be detained soon.