Terrorists held in Rajouri received air-dropped weapons, cash at LoC: J&K DGP

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Three terrorists arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and they had travelled from Kashmir to Jammu to receive an air-dropped weapon consignment and cash at Rajouri, Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh said today.

While addressing a press conference in Rajouri, DGP Singh said that the three were arrested after joint teams of police and Army received information that they had received weapons and cash via drone at LoC.

“Yesterday the trio were chased by the police and 38 RR unit of the Army, after which one of them hurled a grenade at the forces which luckily didn’t explode and they were caught alive,” the DGP said, adding that all the three are affiliated with Lashkar terrorist outfit and were in touch with the handlers from across and had received weapons and cash through drones.

He said that the neighbouring country is trying hard to keep the pot of militancy boiling in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

“From the possession of three Lashkar men, two AK 56 riffles, two pistols, four grenades and Rs 1 lakh cash has been recovered. This weapon consignment and cash was aimed at fueling militancy in Kashmir,” he said. “Further interrogation of the trio is on.”

Asked whether a weapon drop was a challenge, he said this is the first attempt of aerial weapon drop on the LoC and second in the recent past as the earlier drone was shot along with weapons by the BSF on the International Border in Samba district. “We are aware of the challenge and will evolve a counter strategy to foil these bids,” the J&K DGP said.

Speaking during the conference, IGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh said that on September 14, a huge consignment of heroin weighing 7 kg worth Rs 7 crore was recovered following which one person was arrested from Kulgam which further led to the arrest of three more men from Poonch district.

After their interrogation, 4 more kgs of heroin worth Rs 4 crore was recovered besides IED making material and a pen drive, IGP stated.

“In the pen drive, there were indications and training sessions as to how an IED can be prepared,” he said, adding that in total Rs 12 Crore worth heroin was recovered that was transported from across the border.  On being questioned that whether the heroin was airdropped too, he said, “No, but a separate method was followed to transport it from across.”

-CHK