After the Jammu and Kashmir Police recovered a consignment of arms and ammunition dropped by a Pakistani drone in Jammu’s Toph village located near the international border, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted raids at multiple locations. The raids were conducted in Jammu, Kathua, Samba and Doda.
A case was registered on February 24 this year at Arnia police station regarding the recovery of arms and ammunition dropped by Pakistani drones. Faisal Muneer, the main accused in the arms-dropping case, was arrested last month. Officials of the NIA also visited his residence.
The Jammu and Kashmir police have made several arrests in recent months in the drone case.
One of the accused had earlier revealed that Pakistani prisoner/handler Mohd Ali Hussain alias Qasim had been instrumental in drone droppings. Qasim is purportedly the main operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al Badr. On being questioned further, the accused confessed to his role in the Arnia weapon drop case and also disclosed two locations where the arms and ammunition dropped by drone were concealed.
On searching the area, the police recovered a packet of arms, ammunition and explosives. An AK rifle, magazines, 40 AK rounds, a star pistol, pistol rounds, and Chinese small grenades were recovered. A police team, along with the magistrate concerned visited the spots.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Mukesh Singh said, “Though no recovery was made at the first place, at the second place in Toph village (near the International Border) in Phallian Mandal area, a packet of arms, ammunitions and explosives were recovered. When the packet was being opened, the accused attacked one of the police officials and snatched his service rifle. He fired at the police party and tried to flee from the spot.”
“In retaliation, the accused was injured and was shifted to the Government Medical College, Jammu, along with an injured police official. The accused later succumbed to his injuries,” said the official.More details are underway.