Srinagar, Mar 22 : A fierce encounter ensued between militants and security forces during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Friday, official sources said.
They said troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) launched a joint search operation at Imam Sahib, Shopian, in the wee hours of Friday following a tip off about the presence of militants.
However, when the security forces were moving towards a particular area with the first light in the morning, militants hiding there opened fire, they said adding fire was returned by security forces ensuing in an encounter.
The operation was going on when the reports last came in, they said adding additional security forces have been deployed outside the cordoned off area to prevent any demonstration.
Meanwhile, mobile internet in Shopian has been suspended as a precautionary measure to prevent rumours, they said. A police spokesman said encounter was going on and further details are awaited. UNI