Clashes erupt during searches in Pulwama

ESS AHMAD . Dated: 8/9/2018 12:11:37 PM

Several among relatives of militants arrested during night raids in Tral

ANANTNAG, Aug 8: Several persons including the relatives of some active militants were arrested by the forces during night in Tral area of southern Pulwama district. However police claimed that those arrested are Overground Workers (OGWs).
Local sources from different areas of Tral said that the government forces late Tuesday night carried out night raids on the houses of several people including two active militants.
During the raids, they said, forces picked up at least ten people from different areas.
In Monghama village of Tral, local sources said, forces picked up father and brother of an active militant Adil Ahmad Mir.
Similarly, in Gulshanpora village of the area, forces, local sources said, picked up the brother of a local militant Adfar Ahmad Parray.
SP Awantipora did not respond to repeated calls from Kashmir Times. However, a police official who is not authorised to speak to press requesting anonymity confirmed that they have picked up several people including the relatives of some militants.
"Some of those arrested are working as Over Ground Workers (OGWs) for militants and others have been detained for questioning," the police official said.
Meanwhile massive clashes broke out between government forces and youth in Gudoora village of Pulwama district during a cordon and search operation.
Local sources said that government forces including army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police laid a siege to the village following an input about the presence of militants in the area.
As soon as the forces surrounded the village and started conducting searches, scores of youth came out on the roads and clashed with forces by pelting them with stones to disrupt the operation.
The forces responded with tear-smoke canisters to drive away the stone throwing youth who refused to relent.
However, the forces, they said, continued the search operation amid clashes. The operation was later called off after no contact was established with militants.



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