Kashmir: Indian Forces lay siege of 10 villages using drones and choppers

Clashes erupt amid CASO

Shopian: Indian  forces on Saturdaylaunched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in ten villages of Shopian district in south Kashmir.

Reports said that CASO was launched in Chakoora, Mantribug, Zaipora, Pratabpora, Takipora, Ranipora, Ratnipora, Dangam, Kellar and Wangam villages by joint parties of police, Army’s 62 RR and 114th Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force early Saturday today.

Police sources said that cordon and search operation was launched after inputs about the presence of a Hizbul Mujhadeen militant group. “There had been information that a Hizb group is present in one of the villages as a result cordon was laid around 12 on Friday night,” he said.

Locals alleged that armed forces before launching the search operation checked the cell phones of scores of youth. They alleged that youth were beaten to pulp during search operation.

Eyewitnesses said that not only door-to-door searches were conducted, but armed forces also searched the orchards.

According to locals, drones and choppers were used during the search operation. Youth at Ratnipora, Wangam and Dangam hit to roads and pelted stones on the Forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells.

Cordon and search operation concluded at 2:30 of Saturday afternoon. “No arrests were made during the operation,” said a police official.

Cordon and search operation was also launched at Padgampora and Malangpora areas of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
PDP worker shot dead in South Kashmir

 Unknown gunmen shot dead a political worker in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday.

The deceased whom Police identified as Ishaq Parray, son of Abdul Gani, of Ugjan village of Dialgam was allegedly affiliated with ruling People’s Democratic Party.

A police official said that gunmen barged into his house and resorted to indiscriminate firing. He was shifted to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. (CNS)

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