Security forces launch house-to-house search ops in Baramulla to trace terrorists

Written by | October 21, 2016 | 0

Srinagar: Security forces launched a house-to-house search operation on Friday in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, days after 44 people were arrested in massive crack down in old town of Baramulla.

Police sources said that they have inputs about presence of militants in area that is why massive cordon and search operation has been launched.

On Monday 17, an extensive search operation, locally called ‘crackdown’ reminiscent of the 1990s when militancy erupted in the valley, was conducted in the town.

The joint teams of the army, police, Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) conducted “deliberate search operations in ten sensitive localities” which the army said were “reportedly being used as safe havens by the terrorists”.

“The security forces sanitised the area searching over 700 houses in a span of 12 hours on 17 Oct 2016,” an army spokesperson said adding that 44 people were apprehended.

The army said it recovered “petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistan flags, LeT and JeM letter-head pads, unauthorised mobile phones and seditious anti-national publicity material” during the raids.

Such crackdowns were routinely carried during the peak of militancy in the state. Civilians, mostly men, with their hands raised on their heads were asked to come out of their houses while security forces conducted door to door searches.

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