Forces Face Human Shield Allegations In Pulwama

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Srinagar: The government forces on Wednesday allegedly thrashed several youths and used them as human shield, during a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Narwa village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, reports said Wednesday.

In the wee hours on Wednesday, the government forces launched a search operation in Narwa of the district following specific inputs about the presence of militants in the village, news agency KDC reported. During the search operation, the report said that the forces barged into many residential houses and conducted door-to-door searches as well.

“During the operation, the forces allegedly thrashed several youths in the village and used them as human shields during the operation,” the report says.

It adds that no arrests were made as the operation was called off in the evening.

The report also quoted PRO Defence Col. Rajesh Kalia of denying the allegations about thrashing of civilians and using them as human shield during the CASO and terming it as baseless.

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