Srinagar: Random frisking and search operations have returned to Tral and Awantipora townships of Pulwama district.
Government forces stopped hundreds of passenger vehicles today at main Tral-Awantipora road. The forces, especially the army patrolled the main road near Kanjinag 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp since Monday morning to regulate vehicular movement and conduct frisking of passengers.
Students, employees and patients had a tough time and they complained of reaching late to their respective destinations. “It is high handedness of forces as the road searches are being carried out to frighten us,” they said.
“I was sitting on front seat of a passenger vehicle when suddenly an army man asked me to show my identity card. I provided him my Adhaar card and he warned me to memorize the 12 digit Adhaar number else I will be taken to interrogation center.” alleged a local.
Commanding officer of 42 RR, Colonel Neeraj Pandey, said “security checks are conducted to ensure safety of the locals.” “We conduct checkups after receiving inputs about the movement of militants in the area,” he said.
Meanwhile, government forces on Monday afternoon launched cordon and search operation at Lalgam village of Tral in Pulwama district.