The joint team of army and Special Operations Group (SOG) on Saturday called off the search operation in the frontier Kupwara district.
Reports said that the search operation that was launched in Kalaroos, Mad Madhav and other areas of Kupwara district on Friday morning by army’s 41 RR and SOG, on the basis of intelligence inputs suggesting the presence of militants, was called off Saturday evening. For two consecutive days, the joint team conducted intense searches in the forest areas. However, no one was reported to be arrested.
Ghulam mohd Wani, Sarpanch, Mad Madhav told GNS that the army and SOG cordoned off a vast area and conducted house to house searches in Rangdar, Meer Mohlla, Wani Mohalla, Peer Mohalla and other villages. The joint team, he said, asked the people to come out of their houses before conducting thorough searches of their houses.
“Today, the forces carried out the searches in the forest areas. Later in the evening, they called off the search operation and left the area,” Wani said.
He said that the search operation caused panic among the locals besides causing inconvenience to them.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Kupwara, Rahul Malik told GNS that the search operation in the areas was called off today.