Srinagar, Oct 7 : Security forces have launched a search operation in six villages Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday after Pakistan’s plan has been exposed as about 300 terrorists are active in the Valley and over 200 are ready to infiltrate from Pakistan in the state to disrupt the four-phase local body polls that is will begin from Monday (October 8) after a gap of eight years.
As many as 2,990 candidates are in the fray for the four-phased urban local bodies (ULB) polls in Jammu and Kashmir, where nearly 500 over ground workers (OGWs) have been arrested to ensure peaceful polling scheduled to begin next week after a gap of eight years, officials said on Saturday.
Personnel from the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are carrying out the operation in Ganowpora, Balpora, Shirmal, Barthipora, Check and Wathoo.
The purpose of these search operations has been to keep the militants away from populated areas.
The People’s Democratic Party and the National Conference will not be contesting the upcoming municipal and panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the government to review its decision to hold elections amid an atmosphere of insecurity.
In first phase, 1,283 candidates are in the fray with 1,010 from Jammu, 207 from Kashmir and 66 from Ladakh for 422 wards (247 in Jammu, 149 in Kashmir, 26 in Ladakh), the official said.
The second phase will seal the fate of 1,094 contestants in 218 wards in Jammu region and 166 wards in Kashmir valley, the official said, adding that 61 candidates got elected unopposed in this phase.
In the third phase, a total of 411 candidates are trying their luck — 242 in 56 wards of Jammu province and 169 in 151 wards of Kashmir valley, the official said. Forty nine candidates got elected unopposed in this phase.