In a joint operation by the Indian Army, BSF, CRPF and police in 10 localities in Kashmir, at least 44 had been arrested in realation with terror related activities in the valley. Laskar-e-taiba, a Pakistan based terror outfit, had issued warnings to the Station House Officer (SHO) in Baramulla for apprehending the terror suspects.
In statement confirming the operation, Defence ministry spokesperson Manish Kumar said the joint forces searched 700 odd houses and the security agencies have seized petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, LeT and Jaish letterpads, illegal mobile phones and other seditious materials. Manish also claimed that forces had busted a large number of supected terror hideouts in the area.
Locals have also confirmed the joint operation executed early 1 am in the morning at the old city of Baramulla. Times of India quoted a local resident saying, “An announcement was made about the crackdown and people were asked to stay indoors. The personnel conducted house-to-house searches.”
In an attempt to restrict movement, forces had also sealed the bridges connecting the city with the Civil Lines area. The joint operation by the security agencies was the first major crackdown in the area in over a decade. Police officials claimed the operation was an attempt to nab militants building up terror bases in the area.