Srinagar: Security forces have launched a massive anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kahmir’s Shopian district in early hours of Thursday.This comes after series of attacks and videos showing large groups of militants roaming freely in the area.
This is the first major security operation in Kashmir since last year, when security operations were stopped because of large-scale protests and stone throwing.
Sources say more than 3,000 personnel of the Army, Central Reserve Police Force and Jammu and Kashmir police are involved in the operation launched early this morning. Over 20 villages, orchards and forest areas are being searched and have been cordoned off.
A number of videos surfaced recently showing large groups of heavily-armed terrorists marching in the orchards of Shopian in south Kashmir.
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Around 100 local young men are suspected to have joined militancy after the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July last year.
Suspected terrorists barged into a police post guarding the court complex of southern Shopian late on Tuesday night, and decamped with five service rifles. The terrorists decamped along with five service rifles including four INSAS rifles and an AK-47 rifle.
Earlier, following the two bank robberies that took place in Pulwama on Wednesday, Pulwama Superintendant of Police Rayees Mohammed Bhat revealed that preliminary investigation has established the involvement of the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“Until now, we have identified one militant each from Padgampora and Khagpura, which proves Lashkar’s involvement in the incident,” he said.
“It is clear that militant organisations like these are short of cash. We have also seen that they now carry more advanced technological gadgets. We are continuing the investigation,” he added.