SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir Police along with Indian Army thwarted the ‘nefarious designs’ of militants of targeting police and security forces by recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition and arresting a suspected person in Pulwama, a police spokesman said on Monday.
Acting on specific information regarding the delivery of a consignment of weapons in the general area of Pulwama, a special team of Police and Army (55RR) was formed and deployed covertly at different suspicious locations, a police spokesman said in a statement issued to the news agency KNO.
He said that at Naina Batpora near the petrol pump in the jurisdiction of Police Station Litter, one suspected person riding a Scooty, after noticing the joint party, tried to flee from the spot. Accordingly, the joint team swung into action and tactfully nabbed the suspected person and recovered the consignment of arms and ammunition. “He has been identified as Showkat Ahmed Digoo son of Abdul Wahab Digoo, a resident of Naina, Batpora,” he said.
The police spokesman further said that the consignment of arms and ammunition recovered by the joint team includes a Pistol, 25 Chinese grenades, two Pistol Magazines, 230 Pistol Cartridges, 10 AK Magazines, 300 AK Cartridges and other incriminating materials.
“During questioning, Showkat Ahmed disclosed that he was in contact with jailed militant associate namely Firdous Ahmed Bhat, son of Abdul Ahad Bhat, resident of Naina, presently lodged at Central Jail Rajouri in a case under FIR number 118/2021 of Police Station Litter. He further disclosed that he was working for JeM militant outfit and this huge cache of arms and ammunition was meant for further distribution on the behest and coordination of the jailed militant associate in order to carry out militant attacks on police and security forces and disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the valley,” the police statement said.
In this regard, police said that a case under FIR number 10/2023 under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Litter and further investigation is in progress.