Government forces cordoned Lurgam in Tral and searched the village on Wednesday as the area resumed normal activity after two days of strike following killing of two militants. Shops and business establishments opened across the township and transport plied normally as schools also opened after three months long winter vacation.
On Sunday, two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants, Mudasir Khan alias Mohammad Bhai from Midoora locality and another Pakistani militant were killed during a gunfight with government forces at Pinglish hamlet.
A two-storey residential house was razed to the ground during the firefight.People from different areas continued to visit the house of the slain militant at Midoora and offered condolences and prayers.
Meanwhile, government forces laid a siege to Lurgam village in the area and conducted searches looking for militants.A police official said the searches were carried out following “specific inputs” about presence of militants in the village.Columns of government forces personnel comprising Jammu & Kashmir police, army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force cordoned the village off in the morning.
Residents said the searches were carried out many times in the area for many hours, sealing all entry and exit points to the village affecting movement of residents in the adjoining areas.A senior police official said the search operation “concluded peacefully”.