Intense protests erupted soon after Musa was cornered by the Indian troops in his native village yesterday. People poured out of their homes and pelted stones on Friday after security forces cordoned off the village of Zakir Musa, the chief of Jammu and Kashmir’s Al-Qaeda chief, reported sources.

However, the stone pelting ceased a couple of hours later and there was no firing from the house where Musa and his associate were supposedly staying.

Police said greater security work force – including the police, the armed force and the Central Reserve Police Force – had been hurried to the territory and three more towns were brought under the broadened cordon. Peer Mohalla, Shah Mohalla, Daggarpora and Noorpora villages to prevent the exit of the militants trapped in Noorpora village.

The operations have been called off for now but might start again tomorrow.


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