Miscreants pelted stones and raised anti-India slogans at the security forces in the Shermal village on Saturday where joint teams of Army, CRPF, and J&K Police were reportedly conducting house to house search after they launched cordon and search operations (CASO) in at least eight villages of South Kashmir to flush out terrorists following brutal killing of three state policemen.

According to reports, the three policemen were kidnapped and killed by terrorists belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) who have joined hands to unleash a fresh wave of terror in the Valley.

Police burst teargas shells to chase away the miscreants and quell the violence.

Security forces in the early morning launched CASO in eight villages of Shopian and Pulwama districts that have become a hotbed of terrorism.

The state has witnessed a chain of killings of security personnel during the past few days by terrorists. An Army jawan, who had come home to mourn the death of his 18-year old son, was killed last week in Kulgam. Thereafter, a BSF jawan was abducted by Pakistan Rangers and brutally killed.

The HM and LeT were threatening policemen and Special Police Officers (SPOs) to resign from their jobs and there were reports that in certain villages of South Kashmir some of them have announced their resignations over the loudspeakers of the local mosques. Senior police officers, however, deny these reports.

The killing of policemen has triggered massive outrage, particularly in the Jammu region where the Dogra Front staged protests against the killings.

Condemnation of the incident has also flooded the social media.
Meanwhile, former chief minister and MP Farooq Abdullah on Saturday visited the police headquarters in Srinagar and during his meeting with the DGP Dilbag Singh expressed deep condolences to the bereaved families of three policemen.