Jammu: Three people suspected to be militants were arrested with six weapons in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, a senior police officer said.
A truck was intercepted at 8.00 am on the Jammu-Pathankot Highway and during checking six AK-47 rifles were seized, Inspector General of Police, Jammu, Makesh Singh told PTI.
The truck was on its way to Kashmir from Bamyal area of Punjab, he said.
Further search of the vehicle is underway, the IGP said, adding that the three arrested people, who hail from Kashmir, are being questioned.
It is believed that either of these suspected militants infiltrated from across the International Border via Bamyal border in Pathankot with the help of over-ground workers to the Kashmir Valley, they said.
Sridhar Patil, senior superintendent of police, Kathua, said that the truck, 13E-2000 on specific inputs at Lakhanpur was intercepted and three people were arrested subsequently, News 18 reported.
The arms and ammunition which were recovered included four AK-56 rifles, two AK-47 rifles, six magazines and 180 rounds of ammunition besides 11,000 rupees in cash.
The militants hailed from Kashmir and the owner of the truck was identified as Suhil Ahmed Latoo from Gulshanabad in Pulwama.
The driver was identified as Javaid Ahmed Dar.
The three militants were identified as Ubaid-ul-Islam, a resident of Aghlar Kandi, Rajpora Pulwama; Jehangir Ahmad Parray, a resident of Pakherpora Charar-e-Sharief, Budgam; and Sabeel Ahmad Baba, a resident of Aghlar Kandi, Rajpora Pulwama.
The police said they were transporting the arms to disturb the peace in the valley.
The SSP, reportedly said that these arms were transported to arm the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) modules in Kashmir.
It is believed that either of these suspected militants crossed the international border with the help of ground workers.
Meanwhile the Punjab police has rushed a team of State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) to Kathua to join the investigation....