Militant module busted in Poonch’s Mendhar: More arms, ammo, grenades recovered during Op in LoC village

Major plot of fuelling tension in Jammu region foiled : SSP

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Srinigar: The Jammu and Kashmir police in Poonch district along-with local Army have made third consecutive recovery of arms, ammunition and grenades after recent busting of a militancy module and arrest of three militant associates in Mendhar area.

The fresh recovery has been made on Sunday morning during an operation in LoC village Dabbi of Balakote.

Senior Superintendent of Police Poonch Ramesh Angral said that on December 28 last year, three militant associates were arrested in Balakote area near LoC with six hand grenades were recovered from their possession.

The trio include Mustafa Khan son of Yasir Khan resident of Galuta, Mohammad Yaseen son of Walayat Khan and Rayees Ahmed son of Mohammad Iqbal, both resident of Dabbi Balakote.

SSP said that during sustained interrogation of the trio, some more vital clues were developed after which 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 have been recovered on Sunday morning.

The recovery include one pistol, three pistol magazines, thirty five bullets and five hand grenades.

He said that today’s recovery is the third recovery under this module of militant associates busted in LoC area of Mendhar.

SSP Poonch Ramesh Angral further informed that Jammu and Kashmir Gazanvi Force is the militant outfit which was operating this module from POJK

SSP said that Jammu and Kashmir Gazanvi Force apart from militant activities is now also trying to carry out militant activities and is attempting 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 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 wherein two pistols, seventy bullets and two grenades were recovered.

”The handlers from across used to drop the consignment in hidden patches right infront of Indian locations and these arrested militant associates than managed to pick it up for further carriage in hinterland.” SSP said.

The total recovery made so far include 13 grenades, 03 pistols, 05 pistol magazines, 105 pistol bullets, 04 Pakistan made ballons, 01 flag of Tehreek ul Majahideen Jammu and Kashmir and 18 posters of J&K Gazanavi Force. (PTK)