In occupied Kashmir, protesters tried to disrupt a Cordon and Search Operation (COAS) of Indian army in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last night, police said.
According to media sources, a police official said, “On a tip-off, troops cordoned Bonpora Pahoo and Malikmohalla in Ratnipora area and launched searches. As the word about the COAS spread, youth from nearby villages reached the spot and started pelting stones at the forces, who retaliated by firing teargas shells, triggering clashes.”
Media reports said that announcements were made on loudspeakers urging people to come out of homes and help mujahideen escape. Police claimed that two mujahideen were believed to be trapped in the besieged village.
“The whole village has been engulfed by tear smoke,” locals said. Clashes between the protesters and the force personnel were on when this report was filed.
It is worth mentioning here that since Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat issued a warning to people over disrupting military operations, people have helped mujahideen escape on 13 occasions out of 43 such operations carried out by Army during the past three months in Kashmir.
An official report says that since the warning of Army Chief, 43 military operations were carried out by the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) counterinsurgency units and Special Operations Group of police in different parts of Kashmir. Most of the operations have been carried out in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Awantipora and Budgam.
The report reveals that in more than half the operations the residents pelted stones on the Army and Police, thus making remarkable disruptions in operations.