Indian Army busts 2 hideouts along LoC, seizes 5 AK rifles, 21 grenades

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BARAMULLAH (J&K): An Indian spokesman has said that two hideouts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rampur Sector of Baramulla were busted by the Indian Army. Arms and ammunition, including 5 AK series rifles, 6 pistols and 21 grenades were seized.

The search operation was launched after the movement of suspicious persons was detected along the LoC in Rampur sector on Monday.

Movement of suspects, who had crossed into Indian territory was kept under constant surveillance, the Army said. “On August 30, movement of suspicious persons detected along the Line of Control in Rampur Sector, Baramulla district. The movement was from a village close to the LoC and the suspects had crossed into Indian territory. Their move was kept under constant surveillance,” read the release by Army.

“Due to adverse terrain, thick foliage and bad weather conditions alert sounded for likely infiltration attempt. Surveillance grid was beefed up across the area; ambushes were re-sited to thwart any such attempt. Surveillance continued through the night,” it said.

After an extensive search of 7 hours, the Army recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from well-concealed locations in 2 hideouts in Rampur Sector. The recovery comprises 5 AK Series rifles (along with 6 magazines and 2 sealed boxes with 1,254 rounds of AK ammunition), 6 pistols (with 9 magazines and 6 rounds), 21 grenades, 2 UBGL grenades, and 2 Kenwood radio sets.

According to the Chinar Corps, Indian Army, the area has villages ahead of the Anti-infiltration fence. “The modus operandi is to leave war-like stores in caches along LoC; which is subsequently picked up by OGWs or terrorists for further transportation into the hinterland to be used for terror activities,” it said. (ANI)