Search operation underway in villages of J&K’s Pulwama

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The security forces on Saturday launched a massive search operation in the villages of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The areas have been cordoned off.

Over a dozen villages in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district are being searched  by troops of the counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles, para commandos of the Army, state police.

The Central Reserve Police Force cordoned off Alaipura, Achan, Hajdarpora, Batnur, Lassipora and other villages and began a door-to-door combing exercise.

This comes a day after a dramatic escalation in militancy, as terrorists kidnapped and shot dead three policemen in Shopian district on Friday, stunning the police force.

DGP Dilbag Singh condemned the incident calling it an act of desperation on the part of the terrorists. Terming it an unfortunate incident, the DGP said the cops appear to be soft targets for the terrorists.

“It has been a very unfortunate incident that 2 SPOs and a police constable has been shot dead. It’s an act of desperation on part of militants outfit. They appear to be soft targets to them. It’s highly condemned,” said Dilbag Singh.

Singh said, “police work for the public, not to hurt anyone. Rumours should not be spread about them. If any such incident happens, we will look into it. Our SPOs have been doing their duty very well. They are an important part of our security forces”.

DGP Singh refuted such reports calling them rumours. Singh said, “Police work for the public, not to hurt anyone. Rumours should not be spread about them. If any such incident happens, we will look into it. Our SPOs have been doing their duty very well. They are an important part of our security forces.”

The Centre too denied all reports of Jammu and Kashmir policemen resigning under pressure from militant groups in the wake of Friday’s killing.

Earlier on Thursday night, two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a constable, went missing and on Friday morning their bodies were recovered. They were allegedly abducted by members of Hizbul Mujahideen. The outfit had earlier sent an audio threat saying SPO’s should resign from their jobs.

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