Seven rifles, two pistols recovered in Gurez: Police

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SRINAGAR — In a joint operation, Police and Army on Friday recovered huge arms and ammunition including seven AK-47 rifles in Nowshera Nard area of Gurez in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Police in a tweet said that seven AK-47 rifles, two pistols, 21 AK magazines, 1190 rounds, 132 pistol rounds, 13 grenades and other incriminating materials were recovered.

“Bandipora Police and Army recovered huge arms & ammunition including 7 AK-47 rifles, 2 Pistols, 21 AK Magazines, 1190 rounds, 132 pistol rounds, 13 grenades & other incriminating materials in Nowshehra Nard, Gurez area of Bandipora. Case registered,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the news agency KNO, Army said that in a major blow to the intentions of militant groups operating from across the Line of Control, the Army and J&K Police foiled their design to deliver a huge cache of weapons, ammunition, grenades and other war-like stores to cause militant activities and unrest in the Valley.

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On September 27, 2022, based on intelligence from Police and human sources, the Indian Army under the aegis of 109 Infantry Brigade launched a search operation along Naushera Nard to the Line of Control in Gurez Sector of Bandipora district.

“After three days of search, a hideout was found along the Nala on 29 Sep 2022, very close to the Line of Control. On digging, a huge weapon cache of 07 AK Rifles, 02 Chinese Pistols, 13 Chinese Grenades, 21 AK magazines, 04 pistol magazines, 1190 AK ammunition and 132 Pistol ammunition were recovered,” it said.

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The statement added that the recovery of this large size of war-like stores close to the Line of Control has given a major setback to the militant groups attempting to fuel violence in Kashmir Valley and has prevented unrest and loss of innocent lives.

According to police sources, these weapons and war-like stores were likely dropped at the Line of Control for being picked up by militants and anti-national elements on the Indian side and further transported to Bandipora and other areas in the hinterland.

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