SHOPIAN: cordon and search operation in villages of south Kashmir in Shopian and Pulwama districts ended peacefully even though door-to-door searches were conducted, here on Saturday.
A joint team of army’s 44, 55 and 53 RR, central reserve police force (CRPF) and men of Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police launched the operation in several villages. Searches were called off after “no contact with militants was established.”
The villages in which the CASO was launched include Keller and its mohallas in district Shopian, and CB Nath, Kenigam, and Yaar in district Pulwama.
Locals said that there was deployment in adjoining villages also, in Maspora, Bamnoo, Mirpora, Batpora, for example.
They said that forces had laid checkpoints at entry and exits of roads. They were also searching vehicles.
Senior superintendent of police Pulwama, Muhammad Aslam Chowdary, told Kashmir Reader that there was suspicion of the presence of militants in the area, and that door-to-door searches were conducted by a joint team of security forces. “It was a part of routine operations,” he said.
He said that about 20 local and non-local militants were active in Pulwama district.
The Superintendent of Police (SP) Shopian said that the operation was called off after door-to-door searches in several mohallas of Keller, and people cooperated with security forces.
When asked the reason for such massive search operations and their impact, the officer said: “Why should I discuss the operational strategy with you.”
This season, seven such massive operations have been conducted in Shopian district. In none of them, “contact has been established with militants.”