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Protests, shutdown in Quimoo over alleged excesses
ANANTNAG, Aug 10: The alleged vandalisation of property and thrashing of the people by the security forces during cordon and search operation in Quimoo area of southern Kulgam district Wednesday evening triggered a complete shutdown and massive protests in the area on Thursday.

Security forces including army and Special Operations Group of police Wednesday evening had launched a cordon and search operation in several localities of the area following an input about the presence of militants there. The search had witnessed intense clashes between the forces and youth.

Amid a complete shutdown in Quimoo and Khudwani townships, large number of people including men and women, local sources said, assembled in the main chowk and held protests alleging that the security forces vandalised several houses and other property during the operation Wednesday evening.

A resident of the area told Kashmir Times over phone that after the clashes, the security personnel ransacked the property and thrashed the people.

"Besides resorting to vandalism they also arrested two persons during the search operation," he alleged.

The protesters, witnesses said, blocked the busy Anantnag-Kulgam road disrupting the traffic movement throughout the day.

They alleged that during search operations it has become a norm for the forces to vandalise the property after they fail to locate the militants due to the protests by youth.

However, a police official wishing anonymity said that the forces did not ransack the property during CASO.

"As the search operation was launched people came out and hurled stones at us to disrupt the operation. We used some tear-smoke shells to disperse the stone throwing youth. People can allege anything," police official said.

News Updated at : Friday, August 11, 2017
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