Seven rifles, two pistols recovered in Gurez: Police

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.

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.

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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