Arms, ammo recovered near LoC in north Kashmir’s Baramulla

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Security forces recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition today in a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Boniyar area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police officials said.

Acting on a specific tip off, a joint team of Army’s 5 JAT regiment and J&K Police launched a massive CASO in Banalo forest area in Boniyar, Uri in Baramulla district in the morning, they said.

“During the search operation, a huge quantity of arms and ammunition including parts of two AK 47 riffles, two AK Magazines, 74 AK rounds, 10 grenades, one pistol, two radio sets, Pakistani currency worth Rs 4,000 and one pouch was recovered,” they said.

A police official said that a case in this regard has been registered and further investigation has been taken up. They said that since the recovery was made in an area close to the LoC, it seems that the consignment was supposed to be handed over to the militants who were trying to sneak in.

An Army official said that at least 200 to 300 militants are waiting across the LoC on launch pads to infiltrate into this side. “Uri being one of the traditional routes of infiltration is being used by the militants to sneak in. There is a separate Overground Workers’ network that facilitates the arms and ammunition delivery to the newly infiltrated groups of militants,” he said.

Police sources said that the investigations are on to find out who had dumped the arms and ammunition and whether any group of militants had sneaked in to receive the delivery of the same. A new group may also try to cross the LoC in a day or two, they said, adding that “Army has been apprised about the possibility of an infiltration bid in the Uri sector in the next few days.”