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J&K: Suspected militants caught red-handed collecting arms smuggled into India by Pak drone

By India Today

Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested two men after they were caught red-handed collecting a heavy cache of arms and ammunitions from a spot along the India-Pakistan International Border. The arrests were made on Sunday from Vijaypur in J&K’s Samba district.

Sources tell India Today that the arms and ammunition were smuggled from the other side of the border with the help of drones. Similar instances have been reported in the recent past when Pakistan-based outfits have been caught dropping arms and even narcotics on the Indian side of the border using drones and tunnels.

The most recent case is now being investigated by the Ramban Police. Officials familiar with the case believe that the consignment of arms was dropped two days prior to the arrests on Monday. They further suspect that five sorties were made in a single phase to drop the arms consignment on the Indian side

According to the J&K Police, 2 AK-74 rifles, a pistol, 16 grenades, 9 AK magazines, 269 live bullets (pistol) and 2 live rifle magazines were seized as a result of the arrest.

The two individuals arrested while they were trying to retrieve the arms are suspected to be militants. If they would have been able to collect the arms undetected, they would formally join the ranks of a militant outfit, a senior J&K Police official said.

An initial probe has revealed that suspected terror operatives Umar Ahmed Malik and Suhail Ahmed Malik were working to fulfill a terror plot hatched by Kashmir-based militants and their handlers in Pakistan.

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