In a big crackdown on militants in the old town of Baramulla in north Kashmir, around 700-odd houses were searched.
Based on specific inputs, 44 persons involved in terror related activities have been apprehended during the operation.
A large number of suspected hideouts were also busted during the search operation, Col Manish added.
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.
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.