Srinagar, May 17, 2017: One civilian was injured after clashes erupted between protesters and security forces during a massive cordon and search operation in a Jammu and Kashmir village in Shopian district on Wednesday.
Police said security forces surrounded Heff-Shirmaal village in the morning following intelligence reports of militants hiding there.
“As the security forces tightened the cordon to launch searches, a mob resorted to stone pelting. Tear gas shells were used to break the protesting mob,” police said.
According to reports, the operation which started at the midnight, involves around 1,000 security personnel belonging to the Indian Army and Search Operations Group (SOG).
This was the second such massive search operation in south Kashmir this month.
On May 4, over 3,000 security men had carried out another cordon and search operation in 20 villages of Kulgam district.
This comes at a time when Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is set to arrive in Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation amid heightened tension on the LoC and student unrest in the Valley.