Srinagar: At least 10 people were injured when forces burst teargas shells and fired pellets to disperse demonstrators who hit the streets in Pulwama, where four militants were killed an encounter ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on Saturday.
People, mostly youths, hit the streets at Hanjan, Rajpora and other areas in Pulwama district this morning protesting against the CASO by forces. However, when the demonstrators, raising slogans, tried to disrupt the operation, forces and state police personnel deployed swung into action and prevented them from moving ahead.
Forces resorted to lathicharge which had no impact on stone pelting demonstrators who were regrouping and trying to march towards operation area.
About 10 people were injured in the security force action who were shifted to local hospital, they said, adding that one of the injured was referred to Srinagar.
Additional security forces have been deployed on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, particularly at Pampore and Awantipora to prevent stone pelting.
Life remained crippled for the second day in most parts of Pulwama district. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Yesterday, spontaneous strike was observed in Pulwama after a militant was killed in an encounter by security forces.
Internet service also remained suspended in Pulwama as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours.