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Clashes as govt forces lay siege in Pulwama village..

Clashes erupted in Malik Mohalla area of Chandgam in Pulwama district Friday evening after government forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation in search of militants.

A witness said that youth took to streets and clashed with the forces as police, army and Central Reserve Police Force laid the cordon. The government forces fired teargas shells on the people.

An official said the search operation was launched after “specific inputs” about the presence of militants in the village.

The operation was on when this report was filed.

On April 1st, four civilians were killed and around 60 injured in nearby Kulgam district when government forces fired bullets and shells on people coming to the rescue of three militants trapped in a siege. The militants later escaped the cordon even as several houses and shops were burnt in the gunfight.Dozens of civilians have been killed near gunfight sites in a new phenomenon in Kashmir during past months wherein civilian population has been coming to the rescue of trapped militants.

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