Massive clashes erupted between people and the state government forces in Below area of district Pulwama on Saturday after forces laid Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in the area.
A police official told Rising Kashmir that the search operation was jointly laid by army, CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu Kashmir Police after they received inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
Rising Kashmir has learnt that as the search operation was going-on the locals came out and clashed with the forces.
Reportedly, a residential house also caught fire during the ensuing clashes between locals and the forces.
Local sources told Rising Kashmir that forces resorted to aerial firing to break the stone-throwing protesters.
Clashes were goin-on when this report was filed.
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