April 2002 News

J&K arms haul enough for 2 mini-wars: Official

6 April 2002
The Times of India

JAMMU: Arms and explosives enough to fight two mini-wars have been recovered in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 11 years of militancy, official sources said here on Sunday.The recoveries include nearly 38,000 weapons, 1.36 lakh explosive devices and 35 lakh rounds of ammunition, the sources said adding ''such huge recoveries made in Jammu and Kashmir is enough to fight two mini-wars.'' They said 38,104 weapons, including 23,500 AK type rifles and 9144 pistols and revolvers were recovered between January 1990 and December 2001.The breakup of other weapons include 985 universal machine guns (UMGs), 947 rocket projectile guns (RPGs), 707 rocket launchers, 328 sniper rifles, 2149 rocket boosters, 81 light machine guns, 142 rifles, 63 ground position mortar guns and 58 carbines. The 1,36,840 explosive devices recovered during this period included 45,031 hand grenades, 23,511 explosives mostly bombs, 48,544 detonators, 5175 anti-personnel mines, 496 anti-tank mines, 4616 IEDs, 4080 rockets and 4887 electronic detonators, the sources said. Apart from this, the security forces have also recovered 6366 kg of RDX during this period, the sources said.Similarly, 35.26 lakh ammunition rounds have been recovered during the counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. Besides, 3481 wireless sets, 56 telescopes, 15764 cordex wire and 519 binoculars were also recovered. ''There are still huge dumps of arms, ammunition and explosive material kept by Pak-sponsored militants in different areas'', they said and added that efforts are on to recover them.The different agencies participating in the counter-insurgency operations include the army, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, Special Service Bureau (SSB), Jammu and Kashmir police, Special Operation Group (SOG) and Special Task Force (STF), they said. Related stories Kashmiri leaders attack Pak policies at UNCHR Kashmir''s tragedy goes beyond headlines 4,000 militants waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir


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