Baramulla, Dec 4: Security forces on Monday launched a Cordoned and Search Operation (CASO) in the frontier district of Kupwara village, official source said.
They said on a tip off about the presence of militants in village Sheikhpora Poshpora in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, Army, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation early Monday morning.
Despite below freezing temperature, security forces exit all escape points in the village. Additional security forces and state police personnel had been deployed outside the CASO area to foil any demonstration to disrupt the operation.
The operation was going on when the reports last came in, they said.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan recently said that security forces have launched massive operations in the upper reaches, to destroy hideouts which could be used by the militants during the winter when there is snow.
He said there was information that a militant group has infiltrated into this side from Poonch sector in Jammu while some others have sneaked into this side from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) in our (Kashmir) side.
Rejecting reports that militants have strengthened their ”foothold” in the Valley, the IGP however, admitted that “footfall” of militants has increased.
About the apprehension that militants hiding in the forest and other upper heights during summer would come down to lower areas when there is heavy snowfall and cold, he said there are two possibilities.
“One if they have hideouts where they can survive during the winter, they (militants) will prefer to remain there without taking risk of coming down”.
Second, he said, if they will have no facility in these hideout and there is possibility of their death during the winter, they will come down to lower areas”.
However, he said, once they will come down to any village, we will definitely come to know and go after them.
The IGP said, “We have already launched operations to find out the militant hideouts, which could be used by them during winter, and destroy them. He said majority of these militants belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group adding, “It is because of this reason, we expect more encounters with JeM militants in the valley in future.”