Airdropped weapons recovered along LoC in J&K’s Akhnoor

The weapons that were recovered. (Source: Twitter)

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Barely two days after security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, who had received an air-dropped weapon and cash consignment in J&K’s Rajouri district, security forces today recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition along LoC at Akhnoor sub-division of Jammu, believed to be dropped by a drone, security officials said.

They said that joint teams of Army and Police launched a Cordon and Search Operation in an area close to the LoC and International Border in the Akhnoor area of Jammu.

“The area is located at the point where LoC and IB join each other,” the officials said, adding that the joint teams recovered a bag containing 2 AK assault rifles, 3 AK magazines, 90 AK bullets, 2 pistols and pistol magazines along with bullets.

“It seems that the bag was air-dropped by the drone,” a police official said, adding that the operation is going on in the area to find out how the bag reached close to the LoC and IB. “Preliminary probe has suggested that the bag was dropped by a drone,” he said.

This is the second such instance in the past three days when forces recovered air-dropped weapon consignment. On Sunday, two persons from South Kashmir were arrested in Rajouri, who had received air-dropped weapon consignment and Rs one lakh cash at LoC in Rajouri.

Speaking to reporters, DGP J&K Dilbagh Singh had said that air-dropping of weapons was a new worry and challenge for the security forces and that a counter-strategy will be adopted to foil such moves.