Search operation among year’s biggest but yet to yield results
Baramulla: The Kupwara operation, which was launched against the militants by the government forces on Tuesday, entered into its fifth day on Saturday. According to local people, it is one of the biggest search operations of the year.
They said that different units of army, CRPF and police’s SOG cordoned off a huge forest area from Lolab valley to Keran village and did not leave a single stone unturned to nab the groups of militants.
The army also launched their operation in the forests of Marhama, Doli Pora, Kachhama, Firekiyan and other villages and started a massive search operation. They have blocked the roads of Loneharay, Malyan, Reshigund and Zurhama and are checking all passenger and public vehicles on the roads, according to the local residents.
The people also said that the army fired thousands of mortar shells towards Zurhama forests, but as of now they have failed to find any more movement.
On Monday, four militants and two army men were killed while four army troopers were injured in three different encounters in the district.
Local residents said that the army has installed mobile checkpoints on all the major roads of the district from Handwara to Keran and the Lolab valley. This is one of the big operations the forces have launched against the militants.
On Friday evening, the army claimed that they had apprehended a teen-aged Pakistani militant in Magam area of Handwara in the district, along with some arms and ammunition.