The Army on Wednesday foiled a significant attempt to smuggle arms and narcotics by arresting three persons after an exchange of fire near the border fence along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector, officials said.
He claimed that an army jawan and one of the arrested suspects were injured in early morning firing in Karmara village of Gulpur sector.
He said the soldiers guarding the line found suspicious movement and challenged the people, following which the exchange of fire took place.
According to officials, the entire area was immediately cordoned off and three people were arrested, one of whom was injured, along with a consignment of drugs and weapons. Along with this, an army soldier was injured.
Officials have identified the accused as Mohd Farooq (26), who was shot in the leg, Mohd Riaz (23) and Mohd Zubair (22), all residents of Karmara.
The officers claimed that they were trying to smuggle weapons and drugs when they were caught by the soldiers. He is believed to have received the shipment from across the border.
Items seized from the arrested persons included an AK assault rifle, two pistols, six grenades, an IED concealed inside a pressure cooker and 20 suspected heroin packets.
Till the latest reports were received, officials said that the search operation was still on in the area.