J-K: Joint search operations conclude, cordon lifted in Shopian villages

Police said security forces surrounded Heff-Shirmaal village in the morning following reports of militants hiding there.

Published: 17th May 2017 10:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2017 11:24 AM   |  A+A-

Image for representational purpose (Photo by special arrangement)

By ANI

SRINAGAR: The joint search operation by the Indian Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) in Shopian has concluded here today and the cordon has also been lifted off from the villages.  

Earlier today, Shopian’s two villages – Heff and Shirmal were on lock down as security forces swept through the area for untoward elements.

Around 1,000 army personnel and police force had been deployed for the operation, which began at midnight yesterday.  
 
Meanwhile, repetitive ceasefire violations by Pakistan still continue, wherein yesterday itself the Pakistan Army initiated ceasefire violation in Balakot sector here.

The Indian troops gave a befitting reply to Islamabad's attack.
 
Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The Pakistan Army, earlier on Sunday, instigated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Chiti Bakri area of Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The Indian Army also retaliated to the unprovoked act strongly and effectively.
 
At least two civilians including a minor girl were killed and nine people, including four soldiers were injured in the unprovoked firing by Pakistan in Rajouri district.
 
Earlier on Saturday, two civilians were killed as Pakistan Army continued its unprovoked firing in state's Nowshera sector.
 
Later in the day, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat will on Wednesday review the security situation and take stock of counter-terror operations in the Valley, which has been rocked with soaring turbulence recently besides the steady stream of ceasefire violations.
Jaitley is visiting Srinagar today and the Army Chief is already in the valley.
 
The visit comes in the wake of beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani Army in Poonch district earlier this month which was termed "barbaric" by India. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp