Srinagar, Feb 3: Security forces today arrested a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant from Nowpora Payeen village of Lassipora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and busted a militant hideout in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Police said that based upon specific input, security forces including police and Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles launched a cordon and search operation at Nowpora area of Pulwama district today.
“During the search of the cordoned houses, movement of a suspected militant was noticed from one of the houses towards the mosque. Immediately security forces surrounding the area asked the holed up militant to come out. In the process services of village elders were also utilized. After much persuasion, the holed up militant came out and was apprehended,” said a police officer.
He said that one pistol, 2 pistol rounds, 36 AK rounds, one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines, one pouch and first aid kit was recovered from the possession of the apprehended militant.
During the cordon and search operation, locals came out of their houses and pelted stone on police and Army. Police fired several teargas shells on protesters and also resorted to aerial firing to break up the stone pelting protest. However, no protester was injured in the clashes and later the cordon was lifted by forces
In the meantime, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
A joint party of police and 118 BN CRPF busted a militant hideout in Fraw area of Gund tehsil of Ganderbal district.
Security forces recovered two AK 47 magazines, 32 rounds, a 5-kg gas cylinder and few biscuit packets were recovered during the operation.