Srinagar: Signalling an aggressive stance, the army has decided to re-introduce cordon and search operations (CASO) as a “permanent feature” of its campaign against militants, nearly 15 years after the practice was abandoned, a media report said on Thursday.
CASO will be carried out in a major way in militancy-hit areas of Kulgam, Pulwama, Tral, Budgam and Shopian in south Kashmir, the report quoted army sources.
“CASO will be a permanent feature as part of counter- terror operations after a gap of 15 years,” sources were quoted as saying.
An indication of such CASOs was given on May 4 when around 40 army companies carried a massive search operation in two dozen villages in Shopian district. The army made door-to-door searches in the operation, a common army practice n the ’90s.