Almost two dozen villages in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir have been cordoned off, as the Indian Army along with other security forces have launched a massive anti-terror operation on Thursday.
The police official said a large number of security forces are involved in the search operations which started in the middle of the night. However, the operations were being hampered by small groups of people pelting stones at security forces in these areas, the official said.
He said additional security force personnel have been rushed to the area to chase away the stone-pelters.
So far, no casualties have been reported in the clashes between stone pelters and security forces, he said adding the operations were in progress.
Suspected terrorists barged into a police post guarding the court complex of southern Shopian late on Tuesday night, and decamped with five service rifles.
The terrorists decamped along with five service rifles including four INSAS rifles and an AK-47 rifle.
Meanwhile on Wednesday Jammu and Kashmir Police announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on Umer Majid, a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant responsible for killing seven people including five policemen at Kulgam in South Kashmir earlier this week.
Posters of Majid were pasted on the walls of Kulgam, a district located 90 km from here, announcing the cash reward that may lead the security agencies to him, police said.
Earlier, a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh was announced.
They said 22-year-old Majid, who hails from Suchi village of Kulgam district, was identified by police with the help of some locals as well as the driver of the treasury van that came under Hizbul Mujahideen militants’ attack on May 1 in Kulgam.
Majid joined Hizbul Mujahideen terror group last year and has been active in this area for quite sometime, police said, adding he has been responsible for earlier acts of terror in and around Kulgam.
Police said Ishfaq Palla, an overground worker for Hizbul, had also been identified and hunt has been launched to nab these two.
Last night, raids were carried out at various places in the district as well as adjoining Shopian following a tip off about the presence of the two who had killed seven people including five policemen.