Kupwara: Residents of Cheerkoot area of Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district staged a protest against
government forces on Saturday, who they alleged damaged public property including vehicles and houses during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in the area on Friday evening.
Police sources said that a CASO was launched by a joint team of forces including army and CRPF in the area, during which some youths pelted stones and tried to disrupt the CASO. Some youths were beaten, they said, adding that some vehicles were damaged due to stone pelting.
However locals alleged that forces failed to trace the militants and damaged public property in revenge.
On Saturday morning a large number of people blocked the Lolab-Kupwara road and demanded strict action against the forces officials involved in the vandalisation.
SSP Kupwara A S Dinker said that he had no reports about the incident.
“I don’t have any report like that,” SSP said. The phone number of Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jahangir was out of reach.