SRINAGAR: This is for the first time since 90’s that Kashmir is seeing the massive door to door operation to flush out the militants from the south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
There are several helicopters and drones circled the air and over 4,000 troops fanned out to complete the operation.
Forces comprising the Army, police and paramilitary cordoned off nearly 20 villages+ in Shopian and launched the search in the early hours. Residents resorted to massive stone pelting against the forces. The driver of a taxi being used by soldiers was killed.
The operation was perhaps the biggest in over a decade in the Valley, an Army official said. Dozens injured in clashes were shifted to Srinagar hospital, including Shahid Ahmad, 20, of Turka Wangam, and Bilal Ahmad Dar, 15, of Sugan village who suffered pellet injuries in their eyes.