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Jammu drone-dropped arms case: J&K Police arrests Laskhar militant

Jammu  Oct 12  ( KINS): A militant belonging to militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has been arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police in connection with the recent recovery of an arms consignment dropped by a drone from Pakistan in a village near the International Border.

On October 2, one AK-47 assault rifle, 30 rounds, a night vision device, three magazines and ammunition, were recovered by police from Sounjana village of Phalian Mandal, about six km from the IB.

The militant identified as Irfan Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Verinag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, had come to Jammu to allegedly receive the consignment of arms and ammunition, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh said. “Bhat stands arrested in connection with the case registered at police station Satwari on October 2. He has confessed that he is in touch with handlers across (the border) and is associated with the LeT outfit,” the officer said.

A case under various sections of the Indian Penal code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was registered at police station Satwari in connection with the recovery.

Several incidents of weapon dropping by drones from Pakistan have been reported near the International Border in Jammu over the past one year, posing a major threat to security forces guarding the borders.

Over the past one year, BSF troops have shot down two drones and recovered a large number of payloads including rifles, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), sticky bombs and narcotics at different places.

The weapons are being dropped for militants operating in the Union territory.

The security at the border was also tightened in June this year when two bombs were dropped by drones at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station Jammu. ( KINS)

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