More details have emerged after three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were arrested on Thursday by the J&K-Punjab Police along the Jammu-Punjab border. Senior Superintendent of Police of Kathua said, “We have arrested three and the investigation is going on. We are checking the truck recovered as well. In the initial search, we have found six weapons, 180 ammunition and six magazines. According to the information so far, these three arrested are believed to be connected with the terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad.”
Speaking about the truck, the officer said, “This truck was going from Punjab to Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Kashmir valley. We stopped it in the middle and this is a success we have at our hands.”
According to Republic TV’s detailed report, this was a joint operation of the Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir Police. They had the inputs from various intelligence sources that arms and ammunitions in a large quantity were been shifted from Punjab to Jammu and Kashmir. There has been a heightened vigil along the Line of Control (LoC) in the last few months, the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, keeping Pakistan’s efforts to move in arms and ammunition into the State in mind.
After failing attempts, this was a new modus operandi that was adopted by the terrorists. The security agencies got a tip-off that the truck was in New Delhi and from New Delhi, it was heading towards Jammu and Kashmir but they changed its course and went to Amritsar.
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The recovered truck is registered at Pulwama district in south Kashmir. The truck is owned by Suhil Ah. Latto and the driver’s name is Javid Ah. Dar and they belong to Gulshanabad, Pulwama. The truck was loaded with empty cartons of Kashmiri Apples but the security forces had the tip-off that this truck was used for transporting the terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir and also for transporting a large quantity of arms and ammunition. Moreover, several number plates have been recovered from the truck. This is considered as a major success for the country's security forces. It is yet to be found out how they got the weapons and which routes they has used to bring those into India.
On September 11, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh confirmed the death of a top-ranking Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Asif Maqbool Bhat from Sopore district. He stated that the news gave a 'sigh of relief' to the area. Asif was responsible for spreading terror through threatening posters and was accused of a recent shootout that led to injuries to three family members of a fruit trader, including a little girl. The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was also responsible for the murder of a migrant labourer in Sopore.