Forces have intensified the process of search operations throughout the valley. In an effort to avoid any attempt of militants to disrupt Republic Day celebrations later this month, government forces cordoned off some areas of uptown Srinagar on late Thursday night and carried out search operations, which continued till midnight.
According to CNS a joint team of CRPF and SOG personnel, laid a siege around Zaindar Mohalla, Dadi Kadal and Tankipora areas in Srinagar district at about 9.45 pm on Thursday night which continued till Friday midnight.
The ‘Cordon and Search Operation’ (CASO) in these areas, continued till 12 Pm, after which the forces lifted the siege.
Initially people thought that forces may have received information of the presence of militants in these areas and are there to conduct an operation to flush out the suspected militants, who may be hiding in the area, which in-fact turned to be otherwise, as the forces left without making any arrests.
During the three hour long operation, forces paraded the people of these areas and checked their identity cards. Forces also conducted house to house searches; however there was no information about any arrests from these areas. (CNS)
Although the siege of the villages was lifted in the morning; however the residents alleged that they were forced to spend the night in open, outside their homes in sub-zero temperature, while forces carried out searches of their houses.
Meanwhile a day before, security forces cordoned off Bund area in Civil Lines Srinagar and conducted thorough searches of the houseboats anchored along the either banks of River Jehlum.
Sources told CNS that fresh wave of CASO in the various areas of the valley is being carried out in the wake of intelligence inputs that a large number of militants have sneaked into the valley, who are believed to have scattered in different areas for carrying out militant activities.
Pertinently ahead of 26th January, security forces have intensified CASO in the valley, to avoid any attempt by the militants to disrupt Republic Day celebrations, which are only two weeks away.