Shopian: Government forces launched their first cordon and search operation (CASO) of 2018 in more than a dozen villages of Shopian on Tuesday. Since May 4, 2017, as many as 25 villages of Shopian have endured such CASOs, often at night, during which forces have allegedly beaten up people inside their homes, vandalised households, vehicles, smashed windowpanes and barged into houses after breaking down doors.
On Tuesday morning, a dozen villages witnessed the familiar scene of a CASO being launched. Police said that there were ‘intelligence inputs’ about the presence of militants in the area.
A joint team of army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police launched the CASO in villages of Kachdora, Chakoora , Batapur, Landoora, Gahand, Harmain, Nagisharan, Payan, Chutigam and adjoining areas.
Locals from Chakoora village said that about five residential houses were searched in their village. A resident of Landoora village said that door-to-door searches were conducted in several houses in the village, which found nothing.
Locals of the area said that door-to-door searches were also conducted in Tilbal, Mantribug, Zoigam and Harmain villages by the joint team of government forces.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian SA Dinkar told Kashmir Reader: “It was a routine exercise, such as we have done earlier.”
Police sources said that at around 1pm the operation was called off after no contact with militants was established.
Eight massive CASOs were launched by government forces in different areas of Shopian district last year. Most of them were resisted by the locals, which resulted in clashes between the forces and civilian protesters.