Srinagar, May 31: An encounter between militants and security forces occurred 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 CRPF launched a joint search operation at village Draggad Sugan, Shopian, in the wee hours of Friday following a tip-off about the presence of militants.
However, after sealing all exit points, security forces started conducting searches. When troops were moving towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there opened fire, they said, adding that security forces also retaliated, ensuing in an encounter.
The operation was going on when the reports last came in. Additional security forces and police personnel were deployed in the nearby areas to prevent any demonstration, the sources added.