11 rifles recovered, terrorists had plans to disrupt DDC polls: IGP on Jammu encounter

Lubna Fayaz

Jammu (NVI): 11 AK-47 assault rifles were among the weapons recovered from four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu’s Nagrota, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu, Mukesh Singh said, adding that the militants had plans to disrupt J&K DDC polls.

While addressing a press conference here, IGP Jammu said there were intelligence inputs regarding the disruption of the upcoming DDC poll elections.

“There were general intelligence inputs regarding some fresh infiltration bids by Jash-e-Mohammad and Lashker-e-Toiba. We were on the alert. The intelligence inputs were with regard to the elections and disrupting the elections,” he said.

“We had kept teams on alert at all nakas. The checking was going on very well. During the checking at 5 am in the morning when the driver was questioned he hesitated and started running away. We started searching the vehicle and we were fired upon,” he said.

“In the retaliatory fire, four militants were killed. We have recovered 11 AK-47 rifles which is a huge number. Three pistols, satellite and mobile phones and compass were also recovered. We will be investigating the matter and further details can follow,” he added.

Asked wherefrom the militants infiltrated, the top police officer of Jammu said: “This is a matter of investigation. We are looking into it. We are trying to find out.”

Asked about the driver of the vehicle, the IGP said that he was absconding. “We are looking for the driver.”

He further said that it appears that the plan of the militants was something big because never in the past, each militant was carrying three Ak-47 rifles. “This is for the first time that such huge recovery has been made,” the police officer said, adding there is a high probability that the militants were heading towards Kashmir Valley.

Four JeM terrorists were killed in a fierce gunbattle with security forces at around 5 am near Ban toll plaza in Nagrota district of Jammu on Jammu-Srinagar Highway. The highway was closed following the encounter. Two Special Operations Group (SOG) cops of J&K police were also injured in the gunfight and were undergoing treatment.

-ARK