Shutdown, protest in Sirnoo against forces ‘high-handedness’

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Pulwama: Amid a complete shutdown, peaceful protest was held today in Sirnoo village of this south Kashmir district against the alleged high-handedness of government forces.

All shops and business establishments remained closed in the village today against the alleged excesses committed by the government forces during a cordon and search operation (CASO) on Sunday, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.

The villagers also held a peaceful protest seeking action against the government forces personnel who allegedly beat up youth and damaged public property during CASO.

At least five people, including a woman were injured on Sunday when government forces used pellets to disperse a group of people resisting search operation.

“The government forces ran amok in the village. They barged into our houses and thrashed our family members. This is height of high handedness,” Mohammad Ahsan Kar, a protester said.

Kar urged civil administration to intervene and put an end to the alleged excesses committed by the government forces during anti-militancy operations.

Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar told Kashmir Reader that he has no information about the incident.

“If excesses have been committed, I will ensure that strict action is taken against those involved,” he added.