Army cites search ops to cancel ‘peace bus’

Authorities on Monday suspended the cross-LoC ‘Karvan-e-Aman’ bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffrabad due to ‘anti-militancy operation’ launched by army in north Kashmir’s Uri town.

Reports said that 39 Muzaffrabad bound passengers in which 16 fresh and 23 returnees had to move back were not allowed to proceed towards the ‘Aman Setu’ connecting the two parts of Kashmir.

The bus returned back from brigade headquarters Uri, and remained standard in Bandi area of Uri till 2 pm, reports saidd.

Sources said that army this morning launched a search operation in Gawalta and Uroosa villages following the inputs about the presence of militants in these areas.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar bound passengers who were supposed to reach Srinagar this afternoon were also returned back from the other side of Line of Control (LoC).

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Uri, D Sagar told Kashmir Vision that the passengers had to return from Bandi area after army launched a search operation in Uri.

“This morning army communicated to us about the search operation, then we had to hold the passengers at Bandi area,” the SDM said. However, we tried to put the passengers at ease and the administration offered them all assistance needed.

“We were waiting for the army’s nod so that the passengers could go ahead with their journey. But it didn’t happen and we had to suspend the bus and passengers had to return back,” he said.

When asked about the resumption of the bus service, Sagar said: “It is now up to the Passport Office. But as per the schedule, the bus runs on Monday’s only.”

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