In a big crackdown on militants in the old town of Baramulla in north Kashmir, around 700-odd houses were searched.
Joint teams of Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police, BSF and CRPF conducted search operations in ten sensitive localities including Qazi Hamam, Ganai Hamam, Taweed Gunj, Jamia and other mohallas that are known as safe havens for terrorists.
Based on specific inputs, 44 persons involved in terror related activities have been apprehended during the operation.
According to defence spokesperson Manish Kumar, the security agencies recovered petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, LeT and Jaish letterpads, illegal mobile phones and other seditious material.
A large number of suspected hideouts were also busted during the search operation, Col Manish added.
Following the crackdown, Pakistan-based terror group Laskar-e-Taiba has issued a warning to the Baramulla SHO for facilitating the operation.
During the operation, the locals claim, the security agencies laid siege to the entire old town and an annoucement was made asking people to stay indoors.
The locals said the forces also checked the youngsters for pellet injuries and similar wounds.
Baramulla SSP Imtiyaz Hussain Mir said it was an anti-militancy operation aimed at nabbing some Jaish-e-Mohammed militants who had taken refuge in the area.