The security forces, on Monday, took into custody two suspected terrorists in village Harah of Gool Tehsil, Udhampur. One AK-47 assault rifle with ammunition, personal items and cash worth Rs 8871 was recovered from their possession.
Showkat Ahmad Sheikh of Charsoo village of Awantipora in Pulwama district and Taweel Mohiuddin Dar of Malipura village of Kulgam were arrested by a joint search party of police and Rashtriya Rifles and 9 Para from the Hara area of Gool, a police officer said, adding that the joint search operation was launched around 3.30 am after detailed inputs were received about their movement.
According to the preliminary investigation, the two terrorists are affiliated to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), he said.
“They were acting on the instructions of an active terrorist Naveed alias Abu Talla,” he said further, adding that a case under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code has been registered against the two and further investigation is on.
Lt Col Abhinav Navneet, Defence PRO, Udhampur said, “Both the individuals belong to South Kashmir and are in their teens. Sources confirmed that both intended to join the terrorist cadre of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
“Combined efforts of the Indian Army (Rashtriya Rifles) and police in the Gool area under counterinsurgency force uniform delivered a major setback to the terrorist outfit in their efforts to revive terrorism south of Pir Panjal range,” Lt Col Navneet said, adding that both the individuals are in their teens.
With this development, the Indian Army claims to have foiled a conspiracy of the terror outfit to expand its activities in the Jammu region.
(With PTI inputs)