Clashes erupt in Sopore village during CASO

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Srinagar: Clashes erupted between youth and government forces on Sunday morning following a cordon-and-search operation at Zaloora village of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Official sources said that after receiving inputs about the presence of some militants in the village, the joint team of Army’s 22 RR, Special Operation Group of Police (SOG) and CRPF launched the cordon and started door to door searches.

Local reports reaching here said, as the CASO began, youths took to streets and started pelting stones towards the government forces.

The forces retaliated with tear gas shelling, triggering off clashes which were going on when this report was filed.

Earlier, SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal, while speaking to The Kashmir Walla confirmed the cordon and search operation.

He said that the cordon was laid in the area following inputs about the presence of some militants movement, but no contact has been made yet. (With inputs from GNS)

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