J&K: Search ops in Jammu’s Balakote after firing near BJP leader’s house

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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Security forces today launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Balakote area of Poonch district in Jammu after suspected terrorists fired gunshots at the house of a senior BJP leader.

Police officials told NVI that at around 3 am in the morning, a few gunshots were heard in the Balakote area near the house of BJP leader Zulfikar Pathan. The incident created panic in the entire area.

The police officials said that after observing suspicious movement, the Personal Security Officer (PSO) of the BJP leader fired in retaliation. “It seems that some gunmen had fired at the BJP leader’s house as bullet marks are visible on the boundary walls of the house of BJP leader,” a police official said.

Soon after the incident, the Army and Police launched a Cordon and Search Operation in the area. Pathan is a senior BJP leader who has contested polls on the party ticket a number of times.