A day after a policeman was killed and another was injured while as two insurgents managed to flee during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, the government forces carried out a crackdown operation, reports said on Saturday.
Indian army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operation Group laid a siege around Pethpora village and conducted search operation, reports said.
“The forces conducted door to door searches and checked the identity cards of the locals,” witnesses said it was reminiscent of the military crackdowns in the 1990s.
In a second encounter on Friday at Beerwah in the central Kashmir district “Special Police Officer Mohammad Altaf was slain and Constable Manzoor Ahmad injured in the encounter in Peth-Zanigam village.
Militants managed to escape after a gunfight, which had erupted after government forces received a tip off about the presence of two militants.
The Mirpora village, where the cordon and search operation was conducted on Saturday, also falls Beerwah subdivision.
Inspector General of Police for Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar has said that “the militants have managed to escape in injured condition, their blood trace has been followed to another village some two kilometres away from the encounter site”.
In all likelihood, the searches in Pethpora were linked to the hunt for the injured militant who fled from Peth-Zanigam encounter.