Siege and search operation ‘to keep militants on run’ in Kashmir district

Army troopers during a massive siege and search operation in Shupian district in May this year. The searches- first of kind in the current decade– were carried out after militants raided a police post and decamped with guns.

A siege and search operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s volatile Shupian district was launched by government forces at the crack of dawn on Thursday, sources told Kashmir Dispatch.

Teams of special counter insurgency police force, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and army units laid siege around thirteen villages of the southern district this morning.

The locals of Kadgam, Barbugh, Chiterwich, Imamsahib, Hillow, Manihal, Amurbugh, Badimarg, Yamrach, Munad Gofan, Woyen, DK Pora and others woke up amid massive deployment of government forces in every nook and corner, witnesses and reports said.

The massive search and siege– fourth such operation in the district since past seven months– was launched after receiving specific input about the presence of militants in the areas, security sources told Kashmir Dispatch.

Witnesses said that forces were carrying out door-to-door search operations in some of the sealed villages and entry and exit from the areas under cordon was barred.

More than the objective of targeting militants, these operations are aimed at “area domination” so as to keep the militants on the run and to prevent them from establishing a base in heavily populated areas, newswire IANS reported.

The first such operation this year was launched in May in Shupain to nab the militants who attacked a police station in the district and decamped with five rifles. 20 villages were put under siege after militants barged into a police post guarding the court complex and decamped along with service rifles including four INSAS rifles and an AK-47 rifle.

The forces were retreating when this report was filed.