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Troops launch manhunt in Lolab forests
ASEM MOHIUDDIN
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SRINAGAR, Nov 21: Suspecting the presence of over six recently infiltrated militants in Lolab forests, the police and army has launched the joint combing operation to flush them out.

Sources told Kashmir Times that the operation has been launched after the patrolling army party of 18 Rashtriya Rifles established the contact with some militants in forests.

“Our search party established the contact with some militants in Devar forests on Tuesday afternoon as they were preparing for lunch. They fired some six to seven rounds towards the search party and troops also retaliated. However, when they fled from the spot, one of the militant received injury as we spotted some blood stains there,” said the senior security official wishing not to be named.

The official said that immediately after the exchange of fire, the cordon was led around the neighboring areas and all entry and exit routes were seized.

“We plugged the entry and exit points of area as the militants might have taken refugee in the same area after their accomplice was injured. The adjacent areas like Dardpora and Varnu remains also under siege,” the official added.

The official claims that at Devar forests where militants fired upon troops back bag with dry fruits, blankets, and some mutton of sheep was recovered.

However, they believe that militants have recently infiltrated from the PAK and are attempting to enter into the human habitations prior to snowfall.

However, sources said that no more contact was so far established between the two sides despite the massive manhunt launched by the security forces.

Rajwar, Nowgam, Machil, Keran areas in same district are considered as traditional infiltrating routes for militants since 1990 from Pakistani side.

Barely week ago, three troopers and two militants were killed in Nowgam sector of same district during an infiltration bid.

With dense forests and high altitude mountains, the army believes that militants prefer these traditional routes to infiltrate and stay in thick forests till the onset of winter.

Normally, the army launches major operations ahead of winters every year in these thick forests to flush out militants who in winters are attempting to sneak into towns and cities.

The repeated attempts to contact Srinagar based defense spokesman J S Brar could not materialise.


News Updated at : Wednesday, November 21, 2012
 
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