Clashes erupt during search operation in Hajin

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Srinagar, Aug 17: Clashes broke out in Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday soon after government forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in the area.
Reports said that a joint team of army’s 13 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon at Mir Mohalla area of Hajin Friday morning.
A top police officer said that the cordon-and-search operation was launched in the village following specific inputs about the presence of some militants.
“Some gunshots were fired by militants soon after the siege was laid in the area,” he said.
Additional reinforcements of the army have been rushed to the site and the entire area has been cordoned off to trace out the militants hiding in the area, he said.
As the news about the cordon spread, the locals took to streets and pelted the forces with stones. The police and paramilitary forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the youth.
Meanwhile, authorities have suspended the Internet services in parts of Bandipora including Hajin in wake of the search operation at Mir Mohalla.
The services were later restored after forces lifted the cordon following day-long searches in the area. (GNS)

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