Srinagar: Several persons were injured, one of them critically, when security forces burst teargas shells and opened fire to disperse demonstrators trying to disrupt Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, official sources said.
They said immediately after security forces launched CASO at Dar Ganai Gund, Tral, in Pulwama hundreds of people, mostly youths, hit the streets in the nearby areas and trying to disrupt the operation. However, security forces and state police personnel already deployed to prevent demonstrators to march towards encounter site swung into action and chased away them. The demonstrators later reassembled and pelted stones on security forces who resorted to lathicharge which had no impact.
Later security forces burst teargas shells and opened fire to disperse the demonstrators who continued stone pelting.
Several persons, including security men, were also injured who were rushed to local hospital. However, one of the injured identified as Manzoor Ahmad Dar( 25), son of Assadulla Dar, a resident of Gang Tral received bullet injury on his face near Wagad crossing. He has been referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment, they said.
Meanwhile, authorities have suspended mobile internet service in the district as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours.