10 AKs among arms, explosives haul in Poonch
23 June 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Army today foiled another infiltration attempt in Mendhar sector- second during last three days- and destroyed a hide-out in Surankote in Poonch district effecting huge recoveries of arms, ammunition and explosives including 10 AK rifles, two Pika guns, four pistols, 30 Chinese grenades, 11 radio sets and one satellite telephone (Thuraya). This is after a long long time that such a huge recovery of arms and explosives has been made in the border district of Poonch which pointed towards a 'big game plan' of the militants. Only yesterday, Army chief Gen J J Singh had said at Titwal in Kashmir valley that infiltration still remained a big challenge for security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. According to official sources, troops observed movement of atleast six militants trying to infiltrate into Indian territory from near Post No. 638 in Balakote sector of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district at 1 am this morning. Alert troops lit up the area and challenged the militants. Exchange of firing continued for about half an hour after which the militants stopped firing. In the morning, Army personnel carried out a search operation in the area and came across a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives, which were seized from the spot. Recoveries included three AK-74 rifle with five magazines and 130 rounds, three Chinese pistols with six magazines and 210 rounds, 30 Chinese grenades, five Pakistan made anti-personnel mines, 18 electronic detonators, five Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with eight igniting switches and five time delay devices, 11 radio sets- five Alinco and six H-112- with 35 antennas and seven adopters, one Thuraya satellite telephone, one telephone charger and four USB cable. Sources said Army believed that the militants could be hiding somewhere in Balakote forests. 'Had the militants tried to escape back, they would have taken their weaponry along with them', they pointed out and said the militants had hidden the consignment in the area to pick it up later. A massive search operation has been launched by Army in the area to apprehend the militants, they added. In another search operation, Army and police destroyed a major hide- out of the militants at Keliban in Potha area of Surankote tehsil in Poonch district this morning. Recoveries made from the hide-out were seven AK rifles, two Pika guns, one pistol, 22 AK magazines, 543 AK rounds and 315 Pika rounds. A search operation has been launched in the area to apprehend the militants who could be hiding in surrounding forests. The consignment belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, the sources said. Only on Wednesday morning, troops had thwarted an intrusion bid in Balnoi area of Mendhar sector forcing six Pakistani infiltrators to escape. Another hide-out was busted by Territorial Army in Dabbar, Mahore from where one AK magazine, 70 rounds, one UBGL grenade, two fuses, 500 grams explosive, four detonators, four meters safety fuse card, 10 kg metal sharpnels and one walkman were recovered. Sources said recoveries of such a huge quantity of weaponry including 10 AK rifles, two Pika guns and 30 grenades in a single day was a clear indication that the ultras were planning to intensify their activities.