SHOPIAN: Government forces on Tuesday afternoon launched a cordon and search operation in Heff village of South Kashmir’s district Shopian, suspecting militant presence in the area.
Local sources said that around 4 pm, a joint team of army, Central Reserve Police Force and special operation group of Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned the Teng-Mohalla locality of Heff and carried searches in several houses.
They said that soon after the cordon was launched, youth hit the streets and pelted stones on government forces, who retaliated with tear smoke shells and stun grenades to disperse the protesters.
In 2017 several such operations were carried out in the village however nothing was found in the operations. As per sources three militants are active from the village including a policeman who joined the ranks last year.
Heff is the native village of Hizb commander Sadam Padder who is active since 2014 and is one of the few militants from Burhan group.
Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that searches were carried out in the village, however no contact with militants was established.
“There was minor disturbance of stone stone pelting, however situation remained normal,” he said.