March 2006 News

LeT Ultra Killed, Huge Cache Of Arms Recovered

23 March 2006
The Indian Express

Srinagar: A Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant, allegedly involved in the recent explosion at Sopore that killed a paramilitary personnel, was arrested and a huge cache of arms and explosives including nine kg of RDX were recovered in Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said today. On a tip off, Army arrested LeT militant Ashan-ul-Haq alias Tahir, a resident of Noorbagh village, from Sopore area of Baramulla district today, the spokesman said. He said militant confessed to hurling grenades on February 14 and 27 in Sopore, firing on Rashtriya Rifles headquarters and grenade attack on BSF post on March 19 which left a BSF jawan dead and over 25 people including six BSF personnel, injured. The search of his house led to the recovery of one remote controlled IED, two anti-personnel mines, four hand grenades and 16 AK rounds, the spokesman said. In another operation, the spokesman said the Army busted a militant hideout at Trehgam in Kupwara district last night and recovered a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives. The recoveries included nine kg of RDX, 19 kg of other explosives, two RPG rocket fuses, three RPG bombs, one Chinese mine, nine slabs of plastic explosives, one anti- tank IED, ten hand grenades of various types, two AK 47 rifles, 10 magazines, one UBGL, two radio sets, 540 rounds of AK ammunition, 21 rounds of pistol ammunition, he said. The spokesman said Army busted another militant hideout in Kokernag area of Anantnag district today leading to recovery of seven packets of explosives, each weighing 10- 12 kgs. The Army today recovered a gunny bag containing seven kg of explosives, three kg of urea, one kg of nails and sawdust, pencil cells, two meters wire and plastic jerrican in a dhok (hut) in Halmula village of Anantnag, the spokesman said. He said recovery of huge quantities of arms, ammunition and deadly explosives in recent past in different areas of Kashmir do not suggest any let up in the nefarious designs of the militants and efforts from across the Line of Control. On the contrary increased interaction and faith between the locals and the Army, which has led to the huge recoveries, has saved many lives, he said. At a time when peace talks are in progress between India and Pakistan, backdoor diplomacy, track two diplomacy and round table talks are taking place between the Centre and separatist leaders and various models of solutions to the vexed issue are being spoken about, few realise that Kashmir is sitting on a huge hidden cache of arms and explosives, the spokesman said pointing towards the latest recoveries. He said a diary recently recovered from the hideout of a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant exposed the kind of money being spent by militant organisations for procuring high quality explosives does not augur well for the peace process. The huge recoveries of grenades, bombs and explosives further expose the intentions and double speak of militant organisations and separatist groups backing them, he added.


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