Forces cordoned off Budgam village
Shopian/Budgam: Government troops launched a major cordon and search operation (CASO) in 13 villages of Shopian district on Thursday morning. House-to-house searches were conducted in the villages and check-points were established on roads connecting the villages.
The CASO was called off later in the day and no violence was reported during the operation. It was the seventh such anti-militancy operation since May 4 this year. None of these seven operations have proved fruitful for the government’s security agencies.
The villages in which the CASO was launched include Hillow, Barbug, Kadgam, Woyen, DK Pora, Badimarg, Manihal, Batpora, Amarbug, Sursuna, Tangdona and a couple of adjoining villages in Kulgam district.
Police sources said that eight local militants of Shopian have been killed in different operations in the past three months, including one killed in a scuffle with a former sarpanch’s family. The police sources said that half a dozen militants from Shopian have joined militant ranks in the past one month.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, SA Dinkar, told Kashmir Reader that searches were conducted in several villages after information about presence of militants in the area.
“The operation was later called off peacefully and no contact with militants was established,” he said.
Recently, the body of a BJP youth district president with his throat slit was found in Killora area of Shopian. He had been affiliated with the BJP since two years.
Meanwhile, forces on Thursday launched a cordon and search operation in Chill Brass village in Budgam district.An official said that search operation was launched in Bunpora locality of the village around 10 am and ended peacefully in the afternoon. He said the operation was conducted by the army, police and the CRPF after inputs about the presence of militants in the village. House-to-house searches were conducted in the village but nothing was found.