CASOs in Shopian, Pulwama

Government forces launched anti-militancy operations in several villages of south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama districts on Wednesday.

A police official said a vast farming area of Heff-Shirmal in Shopian was cordoned off after an army patrol fired several shots in the air upon noticing some suspicious movement in the area.

He said that more reinforcements were immediately rushed to the spot and searches were carried out in the orchards sprawling over a vast area.

The operation was in progress when this report was filed.

Another police official said a joint team of the army, the CRPF and the SOG personnel laid a siege around Naira, Tahab village in neighbouring Pulwama district and started a door to door search operation.

The operation, according to the official, was launched after the forces received information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the operation was in progress some youth came out of their houses and pelted the forces with stones who in turn responded by firing tear smoke shells.

 The operation, however, was called off as no militant was found in the area.