Shopain, March 22: After an initial exchange of fire at around 2:30 am followed by 4 hour search operation, fresh contact with militants have been established.
Official sources confirmed to KNO that fresh contact has been established and exchange of fire is on.
Earlier on specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a joint team of forces including 34 RR and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police launched search operation in Gadha pora Ratnipora area of Shopian.
On intensifying search operation towards the suspected spot, hiding militants fired upon forces which was retailated triggered encounter.
Meanwhile in wake of the gunfight Internet services have been snapped in Shopian while in other parts of South kashmir it has been reduced to 2G.