Army asks locals in Lolab not to visit forests for three days

Army in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday asked people in Lolab valley of frontier Kupwara district not to visit the nearby forests for at least three days. Army would be operating in the area following killing of seven militants two days back.

According to official sources, Army in certain localities of Lolab valley called upon the village heads – Sarpanches – asking them to inform the locals not to visit forest area for hunting or collection or firewood.

Sources said that the Sarpanches later informed people in various villages where the announcements were made over Mosque loudspeakers.

Pertinently, Army killed seven ‘foreign militants’ in an encounter in Lolab forests on February 24, Monday, following which the locality witnessed massive outrage. At least sixteen people were reportedly injured during clashes that broke out in the area on Tuesday.

Initially, there were rumours that Army had killed local residents in the forests. However, Army and police later identified them as foreign residents, bodies of whom were handed over to local Auqaf Committee for last rites.