Troopers establish ambushes early morning; house to house searches, frisking at checkpoints
Shopian: A massive anti-militancy operation was launched on Saturday in 20 villages of Shopian and Kulgam districts. However, no contact was established with any militants during the day long cordon and search operation by government forces, police said.
The villages taken into the cordon in wee hours include Zaipora, Pratapora, Mantribug, Batpora, Hahend, Mantribug-Chek, Dangam, Wangam of district Shopian and Kader, Dardkoot, Akhipora, Khee Jogipora, Rabhama, and Avhota, besides the adjoining villages of district Kulgam.
Police sources said that door to door search operation was conducted in several villages. Residents of Zaipora village in Shopian told Kashmir Reader that it was a comprehensive search operation.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that hundreds of troopers with bullet proof vehicles laid siege early in the morning and established ambushes at different places. A villager from Dangam said that government forces at ambushes frisked people and demanded identity cards while they also searched any vehicles that passed by.
The search operation was the fourth of its kind in the district and third in the said area over the past couple of months. Till date these operations have not yielded any major success for the troopers.
Deputy inspector general of police south Kashmir, S P Pani, said, “These are tactical things and it’s not necessary to share it”, while refusing to divulge information regarding the operation.