J&K: 44 suspected terrorists arrested; China, Pak flags seized

The security forces sanitised the area and a number of hideouts were busted during the operation, army said

Security force on Wednesday arrested 44 people for thier alleged involvement in “terror-related activities” from Kashmir.

The security personnel, during the raid, also recovered Chinese flag along with incriminating material during raids at suspected hideouts of militants in Baramulla.

An army spokesperson said: “Over 700 houses were searched in a span of 12 hours on October 17 in an extensive search operation in old town in Baramulla, during which 44 persons involved with terror related activities have been apprehended.”

The security forces sanitised the area and a number of hideouts were busted during the operation, the spokesman added.

“Extensive search operation was launched by the forces in old town Baramulla during the wee hours of October 17. Joint teams of Army, JK Police, BSF and CRPF conducted deliberate search operations in 10 sensitive localities including Qazi Hamam, Ganai Hamam, Taweed Gunj, Jamia and other mohallas reportedly being used as safe havens by the militants,” a statement issued by army spokesperson read.

The statement added: “large quantity of incriminating material such as petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) letter head pads, unauthorized mobile phones and seditious anti-national publicity material were seized during the raids. In addition a large number of suspected hideouts were busted during the prolonged search operations.”

Baramulla senior superintendent of police Imtiyaz Hussain Mir, however, claimed that the search operation was carried out after receiving a tip-off about the presence of a few JeM militants in the area, reported IBT.

The raid was carried out at a time when Pakistan violates ceasefire many times after the surgical strikes.  There have been 29 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes carried out by Army targeting terror launching pads in PoK .

Recently on Tuesday,  Pakistani troops fired from small arms and shelled mortar bombs on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

Pakistani troops fired 82 mm mortar bombs, used small and automatic weapons in the firing on forward Indian posts in Laam Battalion area in Naushera from 2030 hours to 0130 hours, Defence spokesperson said.