Nine Days Ahead Of R-Day, Huge Cache Of Arms Seized
17 January 2006
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Less than 24 hours after the killing of two Lashkar militants, who had planned to attack the Vaishno Devi Shrine in Trikuta Hills, security forces today recovered a huge cache of arms from the outskirts of Jammu. Significantly, the seizures - which included 10 kg of RDX, 15 electronic detonators, 10 remote control devices, 10 time pencils and five meters of cordex wire, three AK 47 rifles with 879 rounds, 13 hand grenades, one UBGL with four UBGL grenades, five Chinese pistols with 200 rounds and five radio sets- came just nine days before the Republic Day celebrations. The UBGL recovered was fitted with a AK-47 rifle. 'These recoveries were made from the two spots at the Mandal Bridge near Raipur Satwari by the security forces and police personnel with the help of a sniffer dog and metal detectors,' Brigadier Manjit Singh told The Indian Express. This area close to the MAM Stadium, the main venue of the Republic Day celebrations. 'The recovery indicates at the possibility of strikes at sensitive targets, like cantonment, Jammu Airport and MAM Stadium, where preparations of Republic Day celebration are in full swing,' said Major General Jasbir Singh, General Officer Commanding, Tiger Division, while interacting with mediapersons at Miran Sahib here today. He said security forces had information that Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abu Tala was likely to receive the cache. He said Tala, a Pakistani militant, was operating in Bhaderwah and around. 'But till now, he has not been able to enter Jammu city,' he said, adding that the possibility of a strike could not be ruled out and the security forces and the police have launched search operations in the Jammu region. 'The security forces are keeping a strict vigil to foil any attempt of militants,' he said. Jammu SSP Mukesh Singh said the weapons were brought from across the border and the police on a look- out for the conduits. The 1996 serial blasts at MAM Stadium during the middle of the Republic Day function had left 12 people dead and 58 others injured, while the then Governor Lt Gen K V Krishna Rao had a narrow escape.