Clashes during searches in Rathsun Tral

Clashes erupted on Wednesday in Rathsun village of southern Tral town of police district Awantipora after security forces started searches in the area.

Witnesses said that many youth took to streets and clashed with security forces after they started a cordon and search operation (CASO) near Jamia Masjid Rathsun on in the afternoon. 

“A group of locals resorted to stone-pelting to disrupt the CASO. However, forces responded by lobbing teargas shells to disperse the protesting youth.” A resident said.

Jammu & Kashmir police, Army’s Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jointly searched the area for presence of suspected militants there after receiving specific information, an official said. However, no militant was found until the evening when the search was called off, the official said.