Kashmir: Army foils bid to smuggle in arms, ammunition at LoC

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Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir (File Pic)

Srinagar: Indian Army today foiled an attempt by terrorists to smuggle in arms and ammunition from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) into Kashmir as it killed two persons at the Line of Control (LoC).

The slain persons had gone to receive the cache of arms and ammunition from across the LoC in Keran sector of Kupwara district in Kashmir, police said here.

The alert Army troops foiled the evil design by intercepting them at the fencing erected to check infiltration.

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“As reported by Army at approx 0015hrs (12.15 am), on 28th June some suspicious movement was observed close to the fence in general area India Gate – Bichu in Keran sector of Kupwara by (its)own fence patrol party,” said a police spokesman here.

“The suspected movement was challenged by Army’s patrol party.  On being challenged, fire was drawn on own party from the fence side which was retaliated,” the spokesman said, adding “On search, two individuals were found dead on own side of fence.”

The two were in possession of 4 AK rifles, 8 magazines and two packets of narcotics, the spokesman said.

Two more AK rifles along with magazines and four grenades were found on the other side of fence, he said.

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“It is believed that both the individuals identified as Majid Chechi & Samsudin Beigh had come to receive a cache of arms and narcotics and to facilitate infiltration of terrorists in the general area of Rauta Nar at fence,” the spokesman said.

According to the Indian Army officials, Pakistani Army has brought around 150 terrorists to the launch pads near the LoC and they remain in search of chances to sneak into Kashmir.

Between 500 to 700 terrorists are at training camps in Muzaffarabad, Kotli and Manshera, Kotli in PoK, according to the inputs available with the Indian security establishment.

The Indian Army has asserted that there has been no successful infiltration via the LoC in Kashmir this year till the end of May, mainly because the security grid is intense and troops are maintaining high alert.