Army combs Kupwara forests to hunt out militants

Kupwara: A massive search operation has been launched by government forces in the forests of Kupwara district of north Kashmir from past one week against the militants.
Reports said that different units of Indian army along with special operation group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir and other forces including Para Commandos launched different search operations in the forests of Lolab, Keran, Rajwar, Langate, Karnah, Zirhama, Guzaryal and other upper belts of Rafiabad Baramulla from past one week after receiving tips of information that some fresh groups of militants crossed the line of control and they are hidden in different forests and are planning some attacks against forces, however a week passed but they fail to trace any militant in the areas. The forces, sources said installed many mobile check posts and they are checking every passenger vehicle and are checking the identity cards of people, they said forces including Para Commandos are checking every forests inch by inch.
On the condition of anonymity, a police official said that there are more than a dozen militants operating in Kupwara forests presently. He said, as per the intelligence reports, these militants have recently crossed the border while some are waiting on launching pads on the other side of line of control.They cannot go inside the dense forests but they are trying to block their ways, the police official added.