3 ‘infiltrators’ apprehended along LoC in Poonch: Army

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Three infiltrators were apprehended one of them in an injured condition while as a huge consignment of narcotics, arms and ammunition were recovered by the army at Gulpur area on the Line of Control in Poonch district, defence officials said Wednesday.

A defence official said that the army resorted to firing after noticing a suspicious movement along the LoC in Gulpur. “Three infiltrators were apprehended by the army. The injured one among the three has been hospitalised,” he said.

“A huge consignment of narcotics, one AK series rifle, two pistols with bullets were recovered from the apprehended persons,” he said.

Earlier, a massive combing operation was launched on Line of Control in Gulpur area of Poonch after the army noticed a suspicious movement after which an exchange of fire took place.

“The group was challenged but they opened fire. It is believed that one of the infiltrators suffered injuries,” he said. Meanwhile, defence spokesman in Jammu, Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that in a joint operation by army along with JKP, three to four militants were intercepted on Line of Control in Poonch sector while attempting to cross the fence on the night of 30/ 31 May 2023, taking the advantage of bad weather and heavy rains.

“After tracking the movement at about 1:30 am, a well sited Army ambush on challenging them was fired upon and in the retaliatory firefight some militants  were hit. The area is cordoned and search operation is in progress. Blood trails have been found. Three militants  with some weapons, war like stores including one IED and narco have been apprehended,” the defence spokesman said, adding that one trooper was injured in the ensuing firing and has been evacuated. “Search operations are in progress,” he said. (KNO)

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