Plan to disrupt Amarnath yatra foiled, arms cache recovered

Army on Friday foiled militants` plan to target the ongoing Amarnath yatra by recovering a large quantity of arms and ammunition near Jammu-Srinagar highway in Banihal area of Ramban district.

Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 21:54 PM IST

Jammu: Army on Friday foiled militants` plan to
target the ongoing Amarnath yatra by recovering a large
quantity of arms and ammunition near Jammu-Srinagar highway in
Banihal area of Ramban district.
During a search operartion in general area of Aramnakh in
Banihal, Army recovered a gunny bag hidden in a hollow of a
tree around 0730 hours today, a defence spokesman said here.

On opening the bag, troops recovered 34 detonators,
12 anti-personnel mines, 9 RC IED boxes, 36 IED circuits, 5
RPG charges, 36 metres of safety fuse, 15 meters of cordex
wire, one UBGL grenade, one hand grenade, 36 pika rounds and
one radio set, he said.

The spokesman said that the main motive of the terrorists
in all probability appears to be to plant these explosives and
IEDs to disrupt the ongoing Amarnath Yatra and vehicular
movement on the national highway to further aggravate the
ongoing political crisis in the state.
The recovery has averted a major tragedy which could
have resulted in massive loss of life and property, he said,
adding besides this could have large ramifications on the
growing state of unrest being witnessed in the Valley.

PTI