January 2004 News

Rich haul of explosives in Kashmir on R-Day eve

25 January 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Srinagar: With police on high alert to thwart any terrorist attempts to disrupt the Republic Day, security forces recovered 20 kgs of RDX besides a huge cache of arms and ammunition in Kashmir in the wee hours of Sunday.Army busted a terrorist hideout at Gantamulla in north Kashmir and seized arms and ammunition meant for disruptive activities, a defence spokesman said.The seizure included 59 UBGL grenades, 12 Rocket Projectile Guns, 35 RPG boosters, three hand grenades, two pistols, eight IED mechanisms, seven electronic detonators, 90 rounds of sniper ammunition and 1040 rounds of AK ammunition.The CRPF recovered 20 one-kg packets of RDX in two plastic bags in Soura area in Srinagar.A CRPF spokesman said the RDX was recovered when security forces noticed a youth moving in suspicious circumstances in the area.When challenged, he fled leaving behind the two plastic bags containing the RDX, the spokesman said.This is the third haul of explosives in as many days in the valley.On Saturday, security forces recovered several rockets, boosters and rifle grenades in Bemina area in Srinagar.On Friday, 45 kgs of explosives were recovered from Wazirbagh area, a stone throw distance from Bakshi stadium, the venue of the main Republic Day function.


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