Indian Army personnel during a previous operation in Shopian. PTI
The operation was centered on two of Shopian’s villages – Heff and Shirmal. Both villages were cordoned off as the forces searched every home.
According to reports, the search operation started at around midnight of Wednesday. The operation was launched following intelligence inputs of presence of terrorists in the villages.
Residents disrupt another major army operation with stones/slogans in Heff Shirmal, (Wachi) Shopian. Troops forced to retreat empty handed. — Ahmed Ali Fayyaz (@ahmedalifayyaz) May 17, 2017
Residents disrupt another major army operation with stones/slogans in Heff Shirmal, (Wachi) Shopian. Troops forced to retreat empty handed.
— Ahmed Ali Fayyaz (@ahmedalifayyaz) May 17, 2017
This is the second major operation to flush terrorists out in Shopian. Though the previous operation, conducted on May 4 on a much larger scale, did not yield anything, a returning convoy was attacked by terrorists which left many security force personnel injured.
Stone pelting by the locals is one of the biggest hindrances to search operations. The reason why the Indian armed forces conduct such operations is because the terrorists find support and help from locals.
Image used for representational purpose only. PTI/S Irfan
Shopian in south Kashmir has been in the news for terrorist incidents. Security forces believe that many terrorists, who have been seen in videos on social media, are hiding in Shopian.
The young Army officer from 2 Rajputana Rifles was abducted and killed by terrorists while he was on leave in his hometown in Kashmir.
Lt Ummer Fayaz was a 22-year-old Indian Army officer. Twitter
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat had in February warned Kashmiri locals not to help the terrorists in any manner or else they, too, will be treated as terrorists.