Arms, narcotics smuggling bid foiled, three arrested in Poonch, J&K

The whole area was immediately cordoned off


Three infiltrators were apprehended near the line of control (LoC) along with a cache of arms and narcotics by the Army on Wednesday.

One of the infiltrators was caught in an injured condition and was taken to the hospital. The infiltrators were apprehended after the Army fired due to suspicious movement at Gulpur in Poonch. The infiltrators also opened fire but were pinned and apprehended. 

A consignment of arms, and ammunition, including one AK series rifle, and two pistols with bullets were recovered from them.

The whole area was immediately cordoned off and three people, one of them in an injured condition, were arrested along with a consignment of narcotics and weapons, while an Army jawan was also injured, the officials said.

The officials identified the arrested accused as Mohd Farooq (26), who received a bullet injury in his leg, Mohd Riaz (23) and Mohd Zubair (22), all residents of Karmara.

The Army has been maintaining a strict vigil in Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu where more than 20 soldiers have been killed in militant attacks in the last two years. 

On April 20, militants ambushed an Army truck at Bhatta Dhurian in Rajouri and killed five soldiers. Five special forces personnel belonging to the Army’s elite 9 para were killed in an IED explosion during an operation against militants involved in the attack on the Army truck

After the removal of Article 370, militants groups like TRF and PAFF, which police say are Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad in disguise, have increased their presence in Pir Panjal mountains that separate south Kashmir from Rajouri and Poonch.

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