Poonch (NVI): A third consecutive recovery of arms and ammunition including grenades has been made by the police and Army after the recent busting of a militancy module and arrest of three militant associates in Mendhar area of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police said that the latest recovery was made this morning during an operation in Dabbi village of Balakote sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch Ramesh Angral said that on December 28, three militant associates were arrested in Balakote area near LoC with six hand grenades.
The trio has been identified as Mustafa Khan, a resident of Galuta, Mohammad Yaseen and Rayees Ahmed, both residents of Dabbi village in Balakote.
The SSP said that during sustained interrogation of the trio, some more vital clues were developed after which a police team headed by SDPO Mendhar Zaheer Jafri and Army launched an operation in Dabbi village, located ahead of LoC fence in Balakote from where a consignment of arms, ammunition and grenades was recovered this morning.
The recoveries include a pistol, three pistol magazines, thirty-five bullets and five hand grenades.
The SSP Poonch said that today’s recovery is the third recovery under this module of militant associates busted in LoC area of Mendhar.
He said that ‘Jammu and Kashmir Gazanvi Force’ is the militant outfit that was operating this module across border.
The SSP said that ‘Jammu and Kashmir Gazanvi Force’, apart from militant activities, is now also trying to target religious places with an aim to trigger communal tension in Jammu region.
He added in the first recovery of six hand grenades, that was made from the arrested three persons, it is evident that these grenades were to be lobbed on religious places in Ari and Mendhar town areas of Poonch district.
The second recovery was made from Dabi village from where two pistols, seventy bullets and two grenades were recovered.
“The handlers from across the border used to drop the consignment in hidden patches right in front of Indian locations and these arrested militant associates than managed to pick it up for further carriage in hinterland.” SSP said.
The total recoveries made so far include 13 grenades, 3 pistols, 5 pistol magazines, 105 pistol bullets, 4 Pakistan made balloons, a flag of militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Majahideen Jammu and Kashmir and 18 posters of J&K Gazanavi Force.