NEW DELHI: The four Jaish e Mohammad terrorists neutralised in an encounter that broke out after the truck they were travelling in was intercepted on Jammu-Srinagar highway, may have not only been planning spectacular strikes in Kashmir in the near future but also meant to distribute weapons — including 11 AK-47 guns and 3 pistols — to other terrorists, including locals, to foment further trouble. They had freshly infiltrated from the Samba-Hiranagar infiltration route but were intercepted based on latest intelligence inputs that also pointed to attempts to unleash terror in Kashmir to disrupt the upcoming district development council (DDC) polls.
“Of late, the Pakistan-based terrorist outfits have been using drones to smuggle weapons from across the border. This is yet another attempt to send in sophisticated weapons to arm the terrorists and local militants based in J&K. Eleven is an unusually high number of AK-47s to be seized from 4 terrorists. Usually, one terrorist may carry up to 2 AK-47s,” said an intelligence source.
IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh told TOI that the modus operandi of the terrorists, area of their infiltration from Pakistan and weaponry recovered bore the signature of Jaish e Mohammad. He told TOI that some SOS medicines and RDX had been recovered from the slain terrorists, pointing to plans to carry out a spectacular strike. However, sources said the strike plan was not similar to Pathankot, as the terrorists did not seem to be planning an immediate fidayeen mission but travelling to Kashmir first, where they would also hand over the extra weapons to other terrorists.
An officer told TOI that some tags were found on trousers worn by the slain terrorists, which may help establish their Pakistani origins.
Meanwhile, the security establishment is not really anticipating an eventful winter in J&K as the focus of Pakistan-based masterminds seems to be to brew trouble by exploiting the political turmoil in Kashmir.