Two Uttar Pradesh residents were arrested along with arms on the Jammu and Kashmir highway by armed forces, officials said in summer capital Srinagar on Saturday.
Muhammad Danish Sedaqi and Muhammad Nawshad Nayi from Rajatajpur in Uttar Pradesh were arrested during an operation near Jawahar Tunnel area of Qazigund in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district last night.
Armed forces intercepted their car near Qazigund and recovered a pistol and twenty rounds from their possession, the official said.
Their vehicle, bearing a Kashmir registration number, has also been seized and further questioning of arrested persons is going on, official said.
Pertinently in February this year, J&K Police chief Dilbag Singh had said that militants in Kashmir have begun procuring weapons from Bihar and are using some students from Kashmir, studying in Punjab, for smuggling these illegal arms into the Valley.
Singh had made the claim at a news conference over the arrest of self-styled chief commanders Hidayatullah Malik and Zahoor Ahmad Rather, allegedly of militant outfits Lashkar-e-Mustafa (and The Resistance Front.
Days later the Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested a Bihar resident during a raid in the eastern Indian state and claimed that he was supplying arms to Kashmiri militants.