Infiltration bid foiled in Tangdhar Kupwara, militant killed: Officials

Srinagar, May 20: The security forces foiled an infiltration bid along Line of Control at Tangdar sector in the Kupwara frontier district of Kupwara district and killed one militant in an encounter and recovered huge quantity of heroin from him, officials said on Friday.

The officials said that the soldiers(3/9 GR) noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Darshan Post and challenged the Infiltrators, who opened firing, and the army retaliated, leading to the killing of an infiltrating militant.

While identifying the infiltrator as, Mohammad Muneer son of Bilal Ahmad,” a resident of Jura BandiBandi (POK), the officials said that a large cache of arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles, 2-AK Magazine, 2 Chines Pistol, 4 Pistol Magazines, 10Kg Heroin, one Mobile Phone and other food items were recovered, ” they said.

Army in a tweet said that the infiltration bid along LC foiled by alert Indian Army troops in Tangdhar Kupwara today morning. “Action resulted in elimination of 01 militant & warlike stores including 02× AKs, 02x Grenades, 10 packets of Narcotics recovered,” it said.

Meanwhile, another security official said that they are closely monitoring the whole development on borders. “Infiltration is a cause of serious concern and we are taking it seriously,” he said.

The operation was in progress and searches were underway in the forward area of Darshan Post at the time of filing of this report.

In a statement, the police stated that an infiltration bid was foiled in Tangdar Sector of district Kupwara by killing one foreign militant and recovery of huge cache of narcotics and arms/ammunition from his possession.

“At about 9 am, a group of heavily armed militants attempted to infiltrate in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara and subsequently were challenged by the alert troops deployed on LoC. However, the militant opened fire on the troops which was retaliated effectively resulting in elimination of one militant on spot. The other militant is believed to have got injured and escaped from the spot; however search is going on to trace him,” the statement said.

It said that the killed militant’s body has been recovered and the ID-card recovered from his possession identified him as Mohd Nazeer resident of Athmuqam area of PoK. “Huge cache of narcotic substances and arms/ammunition including 10 packets of Heroin, 02 AK rifles, 02 AK magazines, 02 Pistols and 04 Pistol magazines have been recovered from his possession,” the statement said, adding that accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered FIR at Police Station Karnah and further investigation is in progress.

The army in its statement said that they “eliminated an Infiltration and Narcotics smuggling bid in forward areas of Tangdhar sector last night”.

“Alert troops on the Anti-infiltration grid intercepted two terrorists trying to infiltrate into own side in the forward area close to the Line of Control. The two intruding militants were fired upon, leading to elimination of one terrorist, while grievously injuring the other. However, the injured terrorist managed to flee to PoJK side, taking advantage of darkness. A thorough search operation launched in the morning resulted in recovery of the dead terrorist, two AK series rifles, two pistols, two grenades along with 10 packets of narcotics,” the army said.

“Pakistan and Pakistan sponsored OGW nexus uses narco-terrorism to ruin the future of our youth while at the same time channelling funds collected from narco-trade to further their nefarious activities in Kashmir,” the statement said.

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