Amid cordon, clashes erupt in Arwani Bijbehara; Forces suspend operation till morning

Aakash Hassan

Bijbehara

Police and Army in actio n during serach operation in Bijbehara (KL Image Hilal Shah)
Police and Army in actio n during serach operation in Bijbehara (KL Image Hilal Shah)

Intense clashes have erupted in Hussanpora Arwani in South Kashmir’s Bijbehara after people pelted stones on the forces while trying to break the cordon laid by special operation group of police and army’s 1st RR. Earlier in evening some gunshots were heard at the spot. The forces cordoned off few residential houses Wednesday afternoon after receiving a tip-off about the presence of militants.

As the news of presence of militants spread, people from adjoining localities including , Khudwani, Ghat, Kaimoh begun marching towards spot.

The militants are suspected to be talking shelter in the house of Mushtaq  Ahmad Ganai.

Man from army's 1st RR standing guard during the cordon laid to nab suspected militants (KL Image: Hilal Shah)
Man from army’s 1st RR standing guard during the cordon laid to nab suspected militants (KL Image: Hilal Shah)

The panic gripped the entire area around 10pm when locals reported that they heard intense bangs.  “As shelling was going on over the protesters who were trying to break the cordon, suddenly some loud bangs  were heard ,” a local told  Kashmir Life. Locals further said that the taranas are being played over the mosque loudspeakers amid  occasional bangs. “Nothing is clear what is happening outside , but slogans could be heard,” another local said.

Rumours are rife that top militant commander is among the suspected militants, but police officials are tight lipped to comment. However according to police officials, the operation has been suspended and will be resumed in morning. No further details were shared about the number and presence of militants.

Army and police are still holding the cordon when this report is being filed.

 

 

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