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Army's search operation in south Kashmir hampered by stone-pelting mob

Before calling off operation, Army failed to locate militants or their hide-outs

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

File photo of stone-pelters in Kashmir
File photo of stone-pelters in Kashmir

Faced with a stone-pelting mob, security forces called off a cordon and they had launched in south Kashmir's Shopian district in Srinagar, after failing to locate militants or their hide-outs.

The was launched in Heff village in the Zainapora area, an Army official said.

He said a large number of security forces were involved in the search operation, which started in the early hours on Wednesday.

However, the operation was hampered by local residents who pelted the forces with stones, a police official said.

He said additional security force personnel were sent to the area to disperse the

No casualties were reported, the official said, adding that as the forces did not find any militants or hideouts, the operation was called off.

The comes two weeks after a similar but larger operation was launched in Shopian district to flush out militants.

While the security forces did not find anything in the day-long search operations on May 4 spanning nearly two dozen villages and involving more than 4,000 troops, the militants attacked an Army patrol as they were retreating from the operations that day, leading to the death of a taxi driver and injury to security personnel.

Operations in have been intensified in the wake of videos of large groups of militants — in some cases as many as 30 — surfacing on the social media, despite a ban imposed by authorities on 22 such sites and applications.

Security agencies believed the videos had been shot in the area, mostly in the Shopian district.

First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 16:12 IST