In a joint operation to control terror activities in Kashmir, the Indian Army, CRPF, BSF and police conducted door-to-door searches in the Old City area of Baramulla, searching at least 700 houses and detaining 44 people inconnection with terror related activities. The search operation, which lasted for 12 hours, starting from 5 am, was the first major crackdown in the area in over a decade.
The joint operation was executed following two major terrorist attacks in Baramulla, one, on August 17, where two armymen and a police driver were killed at Khwaja Bagh and the second one on October 3, when militants tried to sneak into the battalion headquarters of 49 Rashtriya Rifles at Stadium Colony, killing a BSF jawan and injuring one soldier.
The Police and the Army confirmed that through the intensive search operation they have seized large quantity of incriminating material including petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, operation letter pads of Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba, unauthorised mobile phones and seditious anti-national publicity material. Before conducting the seaerch, in an attempt to restrict movement, forces had also sealed the bridges connecting the city with the Civil Lines area.
The Old City has been facing continuing unrest resulting after the death of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani who was executed by the Indian military forces. Today a group of masked youths ransacked a private bank in the area and also burnt a private SUV. According to police officials the attack came in the wake of the separatists call for the continuation of the shutdown in the valley.