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Police claim more arms recovery in Poonch, say ‘insurgents planned to attack religious places’

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir’s Poonch district say they have recovered arms and ammunition after busting an insurgent module in the past days. 

Police claim they along with a contingent of Indian army recovered arms during searches in Dabbi village on the Line of Control in Balakote. 

Ramesh Angral, the Senior Superintendent of Police for border district of Poonch said they had arrested three associates of pro-freedom insurgents on December 28, last year, in Balakote and six hand grenades were found on them.

While arrested Mustafa Khan is a resident of Galuta village, Mohammad Yaseen and Rayees Ahmed are resident of Dabbi, were police claimed to have recovered arms on Sunday.

Police say it was after the interrogation of the arrested men that government forces ‘developed vital clues’ and conducted raids in Dabbi, which is located ahead of the LoC fence that divides disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan. 

The recovery include one pistol, three pistol magazines, thirty five bullets and five hand grenades.

This is the third recovery of arms under this module of insurgent associates busted in LoC area of Mendhar, police said.

Angel claimed that the trio are part of Jammu and Kashmir Gazanvi Force is which was operating this module from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The Indian police officer claimed that SSP said that Gazanvi Force “is attempting to target religious places with an aim to trigger communal tension in Jammu region”.

“It is evident that grenades were to be lobbed on religious places in Ari and Mendhar town areas of Poonch district,” the police officer said.

The second recovery was made from Dabi village wherein two pistols, seventy bullets and two grenades were recovered.

“The handlers from across the LoC drop the arms right infront of Indian locations and these arrested insurgent associates carry it to the hinterlands,” the police officer said.

The total recovery made so far include 13 grenades, 3 pistols, 5 pistol magazines, 105 pistol bullets, 4 Pakistan made ballons, a

flag of insurgent group Tehreek ul Majahideen and 18 posters of J&K Gazanavi Front.

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