CASO in Ganderbal, Budgam yields nothing
Bandipora: Militants injured two policemen and an army soldier before giving the slip to government forces at Hajin in Bandipora district on Sunday.
As per local sources, at least three foreign militants were able to flee from the encounter site at Wahab Parray Mohalla. The cordon there was launched by army’s 13RR, police, and special operations group (SOG) in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The cordon was lifted three hours later, after the militants had escaped.
Sources said that as soon as the cordon was in place at 5:30am, “people from Danger Mohalla, Kochak Mohalla and other areas came out and pelted the forces with stones to disrupt the operation.”
A police official said that “amid stone pelting, militants fired at government forces who were outside the cordoned area, which resulted in injury to two police personnel and one army man.”
The police official said that some more militants came from outside the cordoned area and, along with the local people, helped the trapped militants escape.
Locals that a “fierce” exchange of gunfire lasted for 30 minutes and then intermittent fire shots could be heard for a while. “A militant who was hiding at some other place managed to weaken the cordon by firing indiscriminately at government forces from outside the cordon, and helped the trapped militants escape,” a local said.
The injured policemen were identified as Mukhtar Ahmed and Muhammad Ashraf. The wounded army man was identified as Sepoy Raj Kumar of 13 Rashtriya Rifles (RR).
“The situation remained calm in the day after the cordon was lifted,” the police official said.
Meanwhile, reports said that government forces launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Ganderbal and Budgam districts during the day.
Army and SOG men cordoned off Dalwash village in Budgam. “Search operation was launched after specific inputs of (presence of) militants in the area,” police sources said. The CASO proved unsuccessful and was called off later, they said.
In Ganderbal, government forces cordoned off a forest area in Poshkar Kangan and conducted searches for militants.
Official sources said that contingents of army’s 24RR and SOG of J&K Police cordoned off the forest area at Poshkar and conducted searches.