Government forces Monday arrested two militants at a checkpoint in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district today, police said.
A joint check-post of Rajouri Police, 72 battalion of CRPF and Army (38 RR) was set up on Rajouri-DKG road in the early hours after weapons and ammunition were stolen by some militants from a police barrack during the night, SSP, Rajouri, Yougal Manhas told PTI.
Forces personnel were conducting random frisking of vehicles when the two motorcycle-borne militants reached the spot and were signalled to stop, the SSP said.
The duo sped from the spot and started firing at chasing forces personnel, he said.
However, soldiers of police, Army and CRPF overpowered the two.
The arrested militants have been identified as 22-year-old Mukhtar Ahmed and 22-year-old Aijaz Ahmed Paray of Shopian district, the SSP said.
Both are involved in militancy-related cases of Police Station Zainapura in Shopian district, he said.
An Insas rifle with three magazines and 49 live cartridges along with two empty fired cartridges was recovered from their possession, he said.
Police personnel deployed at police post BGSB Shrine Shahdra Sharif informed officers that an Insas with magazines has been stolen by unidentified men from the police barrack, he said.
During initial interrogation, both the arrested militants said they stole weapons and magazines from the police barrack, officer said.
The duo was to join Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in Shopian district and were in constant touch with HM commander Zeenat-ul-Islam operating in South Kashmir, he said.
A case has been registered in Police Station Thanamandi, he said