SRINAGAR: In a startling occurrence, new banknotes of Rs 2,000 were found on two militants, believed to be Pakistani nationals, killed by the security forces in a fire fight in Jammu and Kashmir’s northern Bandipore district Kashmir on Tuesday.
A senior Army officer Vikramajeet Singh told reporters that the duo was in possession of Indian currency including two new banknotes of Rs 2,000. Also found on them were two AK assault rifles with ammunition, Chinese 86p (defensive) grenades and 40mm UBGLs which can be attached to AK-47 rifles and have a 3-point attachment for rigidity, the police and Army officials here said.
The recovery of new Rs 2,000 bank notes from two slain militants came on a day when minister of state for home, Kiren Rijiju, told the Parliament, now in its winter session in New Delhi, that funding to terrorists and stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir and smuggling of fake Indian currency notes into the country have been badly hit by the demonetisation Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.
Giving the details of the latest clash between the militants and the security forces, the officials said a siege was laid around the Bonikhan locality of the Hajin area of Bandipore following receiving information about the presence of militants there. While the security forces were zeroing on a private house where the militants were hiding, the latter opened fire, triggering the encounter.