Indian police intercept weapons 'headed for Kashmir'

2019-09-12 22:24
A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu. (Rakesh Bakshi, AFP)

A security personnel stands guard at a roadblock in Jammu. (Rakesh Bakshi, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Three men suspected of belonging to a Pakistan-based militant organisation were arrested on Thursday transporting weapons and ammunition towards Indian Kashmir, police said.

Police intercepted the men early Thursday and seized four AK-56 assault rifles, two AK-47s, 6 magazines and 180 rounds, said police official Shridhar Patil

"The truck was coming from (Indian state of) Punjab and was on its way to Kashmir. We are investigating where exactly they picked up the ammunition from," Patil told a news conference.

Police said the men, all residents of Kashmir, were affiliated to Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Pakistan-based Islamist group that claimed a suicide bombing in February in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

Tensions have heightened in Kashmir since India stripped its part of the region, split between India and Pakistan since 1947 and the source of several conflicts, of its autonomy on August 5.

It cut off mobile phones and the internet and moved tens of thousands of soldiers to maintain peace, joining half a million already there in one of the world's most militarised areas.

While a few restrictions have been eased, the Indian government continues to keep Kashmiri political leaders under detention and has not lifted severe restrictions on movement and communication.

India's national security adviser said Saturday that a "majority" of Kashmiris supported its move except for a "vocal minority" backed by Pakistan, which he said has readied 230 militants to infiltrate Kashmir.

On Wednesday police said that a militant affiliated to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), another Pakistani-based militant group, was killed by security forces.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was "deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris".

Pakistan's foreign minister demanded the UN investigate the situation, given the "risk of a genocide".

India says that it is an internal matter.

Read more on:    india  |  kashmir
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Inbound call centre agent

Western Cape
Full Circle Contact Centre Services (PTY) LTD
R6 500.00 Per Month Per Month

Learning & Development Coordinator

Cape Town
Kelly and Quest Staffing Solutions
R18 000.00 - R19 000.00 Per Month

Golf Retail Sales Administrator

Southern Peninsula
Global Golf
R8 000.00 - R10 000.00 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.