Arms, explosives haul in Rajouri

Excelsior Correspondent

Arms and explosives recovered by police in Manjakote, Rajouri on Thursday.

JAMMU, Nov 14: Rajouri police today thwarted a major terror plot by effecting recovery of a large quantity of explosive devices, arms and ammunition from Morian forests in Ghambir Mugalan area under the jurisdiction of Manjakote police station in Rajouri district.
Police have launched search operations in Morian forests and surrounding areas for the militants. However, no arrests have been made so far.
Police sources said a joint team of Manjakote police station and Special Operations Group (SOG) launched a search operation in Morian forests this morning after developing an information about the consignment of arms and explosives of the militants. After night long searches, the joint teams of police and SOG made the recoveries this morning.
The consignment included 12 grenades of HE-36, one AK-47 rifle with 11 magazines and 51 rounds, seven rockets of Rocket Projectile Gun (RPG), four plastic caps of rocket, one country made gun, two barrels of Light Machine Gun, one sniper magazine and one Kenwood wireless set.
Sources said the consignment had been dumped in a natural hideout inside the forests by the militants to pick it up at an opportune time. However, before the militants could succeed in their plan, police recovered the consignment and thwarted terror plot of the ultras.
Police and security forces have reports that the militants were trying to re-group to carry out strikes ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State, which were due next year. In this connection, security agencies have activated their network.
There had been reports that the militants were also planning to infiltrate into the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch from across the Line of Control (LoC) and could make intrusion bids during foggy weather conditions when the visibility reduced to zero level.
However, Army troops have installed infrastructure along the LoC to increase visibility level and ensure that the militants didn’t manage to take advantage of adverse weather conditions during December and January to infiltrate into this side.
Sources said the consignment of arms and ammunition seized today by the police reportedly belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, which still has some presence in Rajouri and Poonch districts though its cadre were lying low and were not involved in any major terror activity in either of the two districts.
Sources pointed out that the few militants left in the two districts have been asked by their handlers from Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to lie low and strike during Lok Sabha and Assembly elections next year.
Police have registered a case FIR No. 86/2013 at Manjakote police station under Sections 120-B, 121 and 122 RPC and 7/27 Indian Arms Act for further investigations.


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