Shopian: A massive search operation was started by government forces in over one dozen villages of Shopian district in south Kashmir.
Official sources said that 34 RR, 14th Bn CRPF and Shopian police started the search operation after receiving specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
As per sources the villages which were under cordon included Kachdora, Chakoo, Batapur, Abahatu, Budur, landoora, Garhind, Muradpur, Bamun, Tongrikol, Mantribuk, Harmain and its adjacent areas.
They added that door to door search operation was conducted in all the villages.
Shopian district is considered to be the a hot bed of militancy where more than 30 local militants are still active.
Pertinently in 2017, about nine such massive search operations were launched by forces in South Kashmir mainly in Shopian district, however all of them ended peacefully.