Army Resorts To Aerial Firing

Army Resorts To Aerial Firing

15 February 2014
Kashmir Times
Shabir Ahmad

Srinagar: Army had to fire in air to disperse the youth who staged protests and resorted to stone pelting when they (Army) tried to cordon off the Nairro village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today. The aerial firing created panic in the area. Reports said that a joint team of army and special operations group (SOG) of police after receiving the information about the presence of militants in the village rushed to the area and started cordoning the same to track down the hiding militants. “As the forces started laying cordon around the village scores of youth came out, staged protests and pelted stones at them. The army resorted to aerial firing to quell the stone pelting youth. The aerial firing created panic in the area and people started running for their lives,” reports said. Despite the aerial firing by troopers youth continued to pelt stones to foil their attempt to cordon the village and launch search conducted. “Later more forces rushed to the area after which cordon was laid and searches started. However, during the search operation forces failed to locate any militant,” Reports said. As the search operation came to an end unsuccessfully and forces started leaving the area, youth again assembled and pelted stones at them. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) south Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, confirmed the incident and said that forces exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the situation. “Police and army teams rushed to the village after information about presence of militants there. However youth took to roads and started throwing stones. Forces had to fire some warning shots to disperse the youth,” the DIG said. He, however, said that the militants had fled from the area before the cordon was laid. “No militant could be located from the village despite major searches,” he said.