Srinagar, September 03 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops have launched violent cordon and search operations in different areas of Pulwama district.

The troops associated with 55 Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel launched the operations in as many as 15 villages including Below, Murran, Rohmu, Gusoo, Fresipora, Mitrigam, Chek, Mirgund, Sheikhpora, Hanjan and Kamrazipura of the district. The local said the door-to-door searches were going on till filing of this report.

The search operations launched by the troops triggered protests in many areas. At least, one youth was critically injured after the troops fired live ammunition on protesters in Gusoo village of Pulwama district. The youth retaliated with stones on the forces’ vehicles during the operation in the village.

On the other hand, Indian forces arrested top freedom activist Riyaz Naikoo’s cousin, Sheeraz Ahmad Naikoo, from his residence in Beighpora area of Awantipore on Thursday. He is in Indian army’s custody since then. Sheeraz was also detained last year but was released later. He runs a hardware store at Sangam in Awantipora.

Naikoo’s father, Assadullah, who has been detained by police about 100 times since 2012, was released on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh has been detained under black law, Public Safety Act and was shifted to Kotbhalwal jail in Jammu.

Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh, a resident of Qaimoh in Kulgam district in southern Kashmir was released last month after serving two years in illegal detention under the draconian Public Safety Act. He was arrested at the peak of mass uprising in 2016.


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