September 10, 2020

Jawhar Tunnel Weapon recovery: Weapon consignment was mean to lure youth, fuel militancy: DIG South Kashmir Atul Goel

‘SIT constituted to probe for whom consignment was supposed to be delivered’

Srinagar: Six Chinese pistols, out of a consignment of weapons recovered from a truck at Jawhar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Kulgam district, were especially meant to lure youth and recruit more people to fuel militancy in South Kashmir, according to J&K Police.
“Joint teams of security forces along with police stopped a truck and recovered huge quantities of arms and ammunition including US-made M-4 carbine and AK-47, besides six Chinese pistols. The pistols were seemingly meant for recruiting new people into militancy,” said Atul Goel, J&K Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) for South Kashmir range, while addressing a press conference at Amno Police camp at Kulgam.
He said police have so far been able to contain the local militant recruitment after it witnessed a sharp rise earlier. “We will not allow the recruitment to gain ground again,” he added.
Asked about the arrests made and whether weapon consignment was meant to be delivered in South Kashmir, he said that two people including the driver of the truck and the Co-driver have been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been constituted to find out for whom the weapons were meant to be delivered.
“Prima facie it looks like that the pistol consignment was meant for recruitment of new youth. Investigations are on and more details will come to fore,” he said. “One thing is clear that weapon consignment was obviously to fuel militancy in South Kashmir,” he said

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