Government forces during a gunbattle in Kashmir
Government forces during a gunbattle in Kashmir (Photo Credit: Reshi Irshad)

SRINAGAR — In coordinated operations, security forces in northern Kashmir’s Bandipora and Baramulla districts achieved significant breakthroughs on Tuesday, uncovering a militant hideout and apprehending a militant associate.

Acting on specific intelligence inputs, a joint operation comprising J&K Police, 14RR of the Indian Army, and 3rd Bn CRPF successfully dismantled an old hideout nestled in the orchards of Ayathmullah Bandipora. Sources revealed that the hideout yielded a cache of arms and ammunition.

According to a police official quoted by a local news agency, the recovered items included a UBGL/grenade launcher, seven UBGL grenades, 95 rounds of ammunition, and various other old and rusted items. A case has been registered, and further investigations are underway.

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Simultaneously, in Baramulla district, police, along with 2nd Bn SSB and Army’s 29 RR, thwarted a potential threat by apprehending a militant associate. Acting on intelligence regarding the militants’ movement in Pattan area, a joint checkpoint was established at Chinar Crossing Pattan.

During routine checking, security personnel noticed a suspicious individual approaching the checkpoint on foot. Upon seeing the security forces, the suspect attempted to flee but was swiftly apprehended.

Identified as Mehraj-ud-din Bhat, son of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Mundyari Pattan, the individual was found in possession of a live hand grenade.

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Authorities have initiated legal proceedings under sections UA(P) and Arms Act, registering a case at Police Station Pattan and launching a thorough investigation into the matter.

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