KV Correspondent

Forces launch massive search operation in South Kashmir

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Massive cordon and search operation (CASO) was once again launched by government forces in over half dozen villages of Shopian district on Monday morning.

According to a police official, the search operation was launched following the inputs about the presence of militants in the area. The official said that over 1500 forces personnel were part of the operation.

The operation which was carried out jointly by contingents from army’s 62 RR, Special Operations Group (SoG) and Central Reserve Police Force. Reports said that forces and para military forces cordoned the villages including Matribugh, Ronipora, Zoipora, Dangam, Wangam, Shahpora, Khassipora, Chakoora and Mangacheck.

However, the CASO ended peacefully without any success, the police official added.

Police official added that all the entry and exit points of the area were completely sealed and movement of the people was also restricted.

As per sources, forces launched a search operation in the area in pre-dawn hours and conducted door to door search operation for about seven hours.

Shakeel Ahmad, a resident of Zaipora said that all houses and building of the area were searched.

“There was no resistance from locals and no ransacking incident took place during operation,” Shakeel added.

In the last few months, about dozen villages of Shopian were cordoned off simultaneously.

Pertinently, on August 19, paramilitary and SOG men laid siege to about ten villages that included Ratnipora, Dangam, Tekipora, Ranipora, Pratabpora, Wangam, Zaipora, Mantribug and Chakoora.  The forces concluded operation without any contact with the militants.

Meanwhile, on August 3, an army major and two soldiers were killed at Zaipora area of Shopian district after militants opened fire upon them during a CASO.

On May 4 this year, a first major massive cordon and search operation was launched in about 17 villages of the district to flush out militants, but no militant was spotted in the operation. The May 4 operation saw huge resistance from the local people and clashes were reported from many villages of district. The government forces allegedly vandalised 200 houses and 150 cars and thrashed dozens of civilians.

On the same day, when forces were returning back to the camp, militants attacked their vehicle near Killora village of the district resulted in the killing of a civilian driver.

Meanwhile, forces also launched cordon and search operation today near mini-secretariat Kulgam in South Kashmir.

According to the reports, forces launched the search operation in the area after receiving the inputs about the presence of militants. However, the operation ended peacefully after the security forces did not find any militant hiding in the area.


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