Hyderabad/Chennai: At least two Tamil Nadu policemen got injured on Saturday when militants reportedly holed up in a house in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, opened fire.
The police personnel were targeted while conducting a search operation in a residential area in Puttur town, 30 km from the temple town of Tirupati, close to the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border.
A constable and an inspector were injured in the operation.
Police have also recovered a gun and two bombs.
The suspected terrorists are believed to have been involved in recent murders of BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders in Tamil Nadu.
The Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh police, in a joint operation, have surrounded the house, where four to five alleged militants are believed to be hiding.
According to locals, the group had taken the house on rent about a month ago.
A police officer in Hyderabad said personnel from OCTOPUS, the anti-terror wing of the Andhra Pradesh Police, were being sent to Puttur to assist the local police team flush out the suspected terrorists.
Chitoor SP Kranti Rana Tata and other senior officials are monitoring the situation on the spot.
The Tamil Nadu Police launched a search operation in the residential area early Saturday.
A tip off about the hideout emerged during investigations into the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party leader V Ramesh in Salem and other Hindu leaders in Tamil Nadu.
On Friday, the Tamil Nadu Police arrested Fakruddin, who was wanted for allegedly planting a "pipe bomb" in Madurai when BJP leader LK Advani was touring the state.