Kupwara: The cordon and search operation (CASO) launched by the government forces in Zurhama and Keran forests from the past seven days has been called off without any significant success on anti-insurgency front. A senior police officer said that large number of forces personnel including army, police and central reserve police force were deployed in Zurhama Lolab to Keran sector forests to nab the militants. He said no suspicious movement was traced in the area during the weeklong campaign. “We never leave a single stone unturned to nab the militants who attacked and killed two army men and injured other four in Zurhama and Keran encounters. However, we did not find any suspicious movement in both the places” he said.
The locals from the area said that many mobile check-posts have been removed but thorough checking of private vehicles continues at vantage points. They said that they have spotted army moving towards forest areas. They said that the army exploded mortar shells in the forested areas.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kupwara Shamshar Hussain while talking to Kashmir Reader said that Zurhama operation has been called off without any more contact. He said the operation in Keran had already been called off. “We did not find anything and called off the operation,” he said.