Army chief’s ‘warning’ fails to mould result, south Kashmir villages ‘force’ Army to call off anti-militancy operation
Srinagar: Army Saturday called their counter-insurgency operation after facing stiff resistance from local populace who in hundreds hit to roads and pelted stones on the government forces in Urivan, Pulwama district.
The incident occurred two days after District Magistrate issued advisory asking people to stay away from encounter sites.
Police said sources told news agency CNS that after receiving inputs about the presence two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, Army personnel from 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group of Jammu Kashmir Police from Pulwama and Newa cordoned off Urivan village.
Witnesses said that as the cordon was extended; hundreds of people from dozens of villages including Newa, Namun, Kakapora and Zadoora hit to raods and resorted to massive stone-pelting.
Government forces retaliated with massive tear-smoke shelling. The clashes that lasted for over an hour left many locals injured.