Locals help militants in Valley

Three militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) fled from cordon in Hajan area of Bandipora district last day after getting support from locals who pelted stones at security forces is a matter of concern. Authorities should act strongly in this regard and direct security forces to act strongly with locals while dealing with militants groups and punish all those who are shielding them with pelting stones.
Locals who are becoming shield of dreaded militants would be punished rigorously so that no other would help them in future. Government should make a policy or law that anyone who will help militants in any case he or she would be punished rigorously so that no one dare to shelter them in future.
As yesterday, on a tip of about presence of three militants of LeT hiding in a house in Parray Mohalla Hajin, Army’s 13 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group (SOG) Bandipora and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) cordoned it of at around 6:30 a.m. The militants who were hiding in the village were identified as Musaib, Maviya and Khitab, all Pakistanis, who infiltrated into Kashmir this year and are operating in this area for past few months. Security forces have been tracking them for last few months in the area. As the security forces cordoned off the village and the house where militants were hiding, locals pelted stones on them and facilitated fleeing of the three militants which is a matter of grave concern for both government and security forces. This is the strategy of these militants as they attacked on the security forces and then take shelter from the locals of the area and easily escape. However, in yesterday case, militants fired several rounds at the security forces before fleeing. However, security forces fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters. They later called of the operation to prevent collateral damage. In the meantime, police fired several rounds in air after they found suspicious movement of militants in Shuhama area of Ganderbal district this evening. Reports said that police received information about presence of militants in Shuhama area of Ganderbal district this evening. As a police party reached the spot, they asked two persons to stop, who fled and police fired to stop them. However, they escaped, Police party later conducted searches in the area. However, no one was arrested. Security forces have been receiving reports of militant movement in the area for last one month. The security patrolling in the area has been intensified.

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