Massive Search Operation in Shopian Villages

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Shopian—Thousands of army soldiers and paramilitary personnel assisted by J&K police early on Saturday launched a major cordon and search operation in Shopian district in South Kashmir. Reports said at least ten villages of the district were sealed off.

According to the reports Army’s 62 RR and 114th Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force backed by J&K police cordoned off Chakoora, Mantribug, Zaipora, Pratabpora, Takipora, Ranipora, Ratnipora, Dangam, Kellar and Wangam villages, reportedly after a intelligence inputs about the presence of militants there.

Police sources said that cordon and search operation was launched after inputs about the presence of a Hizbul Mujahideen militants. “There had been information that a Hizb group is present in one of the villages as a result cordon was laid around 12 on Friday night,” he said.

Locals alleged that armed forces before launching the search operation checked the cell phones of scores of youth. They alleged that youth were beaten to pulp during search operation.

Eyewitnesses said that not only door-to-door searches were conducted, but armed forces also searched the orchards.

According to locals, drones and choppers were used during the search operation. Youth at Ratnipora, Wangam and Dangam came out of their homes and pelted stones on the forces personnel who retaliated with tear-smoke shells.

Cordon and search operation concluded at 2:30 of Saturday afternoon. “No arrests were made during the operation,” said a police official.

Cordon and search operation was also launched at Padgampora and Malangpora areas of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

 

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