Clashes erupt near Pulwama police station, also at Chandpora Hajan village during CASO
PULWAMA: Police took into custody 14 youths in night raids conducted in Pulwama district on suspicion of being militant sympathisers and of being involved in grenade attacks and stone-pelting in the town.
The arrests were made from Chattapora, Dalipora, New Colony and Prichoo areas of Pulwama town.
Pulwama Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammad Aslam Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that the youths were arrested on suspicion of being involved in subversive activities and they will be questioned about their links with militants.
He said that police were sure they may get some clues about the recent grenade attacks and militancy-related incidents and stone-pelting in Pulwama town.
“The questioning is going on and it is yet to be ascertained whether they are involved or not,” the SSP said.
Stone-pelting and grenade attacks have surged in the town after the death of Sameer Ahmad alias Sameer Tiger, a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed on May 1 this year. As per police reports, the frequency of grenade attacks has increased in the district with half a dozen grenades thrown in the town itself. Most of these grenade attacks happened near police station Pulwama and at key squares of the town, injuring many security forces’ personnel and civilians.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted between government forces and local youth over the arrests. The clashes continued all through the day with intermittent breaks.
The clashes remained confined near the police station where youths pelted police personnel with stones and the police fired tear smoke shells and pellets at them, local sources said.
However, public transport and work at business establishments did not get affected as the clashes were confined to a small area.
Elsewhere, clashes erupted during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Chandpora Hajan village in Rajpora area of Pulwama district on Tuesday evening.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that massive clashes erupted soon after government forces launched the CASO.
SSP Pulwama said that government forces launched the CASO after receiving information about the presence of militants in the area.