Government forces launched anti-militancy operations in several villages of south Kashmir's Shopian and Pulwama districts on Wednesday.
A police official said a vast farming area of Heff-Shirmalin Shopian was cordoned off after an army patrol fired several shots in the airupon noticing some suspicious movement in the area.
He said that more reinforcements were immediately rushed tothe spot and searches were carried out in the orchards sprawling over a vastarea.
The operation was in progress when this report was filed.
Another police official said a joint team of the army, theCRPF and the SOG personnel laid a siege around Naira, Tahab village inneighbouring Pulwama district and started a door to door search operation.
The operation, according to the official, was launched afterthe forces received information about the presence of militants in the area.
He said that as the operation was in progress some youthcame out of their houses and pelted the forces with stones who in turnresponded by firing tear smoke shells.
The operation,however, was called off as no militant was found in the area.