Baramulla: The search operation in Uri is still continuing after prominent militant Abdul Qayoom Najar was killed in a gunfight along the LoC in Zamboorpatan area on Tuesday. Besides ground troops, the army also put a helicopter and large number of sniffer dogs into service to trace other militants who are believed to be still hiding in the area. Sources said that all army camps around the area have been put on high alert.
Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Uri, Syeed Javid Ahmad, confirmed to Kashmir Reader that the search operation is still on for the other militants who may have infiltrated along with Najar.
Reports added that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 corps of the army visited Uri on Wednesday. He congratulated the officer and soldiers who carried out the operations in which five militants were killed, including Najar, since Sunday in the area. He also held a meeting with officers and pressed them to not allow anyone to sneak across the Line of Control (LoC).
In several parts of Baramulla, a partial shutdown was observed on Wednesday to mourn the killing of Abdul Qayoom Najar. Shops and other business centres remained closed while transport was partially affected in Baramulla, Rafiabad, Sangrama, and Pattan areas.
A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore, the hometown of Najar, where reports said normal life was completely disrupted.
Reports said that the authorities deployed large number of police, CRPF and army men in sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incident.
Police said that Najar was on his way back to Kashmir to take command of the Hizbul Mujahideen when he was killed by the army near the LoC.