April 2000 News

15 powerful bombs seized in Rajouri

29 April 2000
Daily Excelsior

Rajouri: Police today recovered another consignment of arms and explosives including 15 very powerful (81mm) bombs from a hideout in Dudasanwalla area of this district. DIG Rajouri-Poonch Ram Lubaya said a police party of Rajouri police station was dispatched to Dudasanwalla this afternoon after a report was received about the presence of a couple of militants in the area. By the time, police party raided the hideout, the militants had managed to escape. Police smashed the hideout and recovered a large quantity of arms and explosives from the spot. Recovery include 14 bombs of 81 mm, concealed in three large bags, two Chinese pistols with four magazines and 40 rounds, four HE 36 grenades, four magazines and 60 rounds of AK rifles, cartridges of 12 bore, eight timer devices and one compass. Recovery was made by a Rajouri police team led by SSP Rajouri Parminder Singh, SP (Operations) Raghubir Singh and SHO Hamid Chowdhary under the supervision of DIG Rajouri-Poonch Ram Lubaya. Police said the seizure belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and was to be used by the militants in triggering explosions in Rajouri town and other areas. However, designs of the militants have been thwarted with the timely recovery of explosives. Meanwhile, troops of BSF 181 battalion today detected and defused a powerful 10 kg mine, concealed in an aluminum utencil and planted on a road leading to Nandan area of Kandi, Koteranka. The IED had been planted by the saboteurs to blow up a BSF vehicle but the device was detected well in time. It was defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad. No arrest has been made in this connection. This is the second major successful operation of seek and destroy launched by Rajouri police. The recovery has given a major set back to the HM outfit and thwarted their plans to cause harm to vital installations in this area and target security forces by blowing their vehicles.The people are now co-operating with the police providing vital information to them due to which police has been able to launch successful operations and smash out the hideouts of the various militant oufits, sources said. The militants losing public support have been rendered helpless but their mentors across the LoC are trying to reorganise them by continuously provoking them on the name of religious fundamentalism to prepare them for a major sabotage. Due to porous border the smuggling of arms-ammunition from PoK, into this area is clandestinely taking place and Pak trained militants are pushed to this side by ISI authorities, sources said. Pakistan does not want to lose its decade long proxy war and is prompting the innocent youth in the name of religion. This smacks of their intentions to continue disturbances here. Necessary measures have been taken to synergise our forces to combat evil deisngs of ISI, they added.


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