SFs arrest JeM suspect, recover arms & ammunition in Pulwama  

Srinagar: Security forces on Monday claimed to have thwarted a plan to attack security forces when they recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition and arrested a suspected Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant associate in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.

Acting on specific information regarding delivery of consignment of weapons in the general area of Pulwama, a special team of Police and Army (55RR) was formed and deployed in covert mode at different suspicious locations, a police statement said.

It said at Naina Batpora, one suspected person riding a scooty who, after noticing the joint party, tried to flee the spot.

Security forces swung into action and tactfully nabbed the suspected person and recovered the consignment of arms & ammunition.

He has been identified as Showkat Ahmed Digoo a resident of Naina, Bhatpora.

“The consignment of arms and ammunition including 1 Pistol, 25 Chinese Grenades, 2 Pistol Magazines, 230 Pistol Cartridges, 10 AK Magazines, 300 AK Cartridges and other incriminating materials were recovered from him”, police statement said.

During questioning Showkat Ahmed disclosed that he was in contact with a jailed terrorist associate identified as Firdous Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Naina, presently lodged at Central Jail Rajouri in case FIR No. 118/2021 of Police Station Litter.

“Showket also disclosed that he was working for JEM terrorist outfit and this huge cache of arms & ammunition was meant for further distribution at the behest & coordination of the jailed terrorist associate in order to carry out terror attacks on Police and security forces & disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the valley”, police added.

In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Litter and further investigation is in progress, the statement added.

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