Srinagar: Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested three militants along with arms and ammunition at Fruit Mandi crossing in North Kashmir’s Handwara.

In a handout to GNS, the police said that today, joint parties of Police, Army 21 RR and 92 Bn CRPF were conducting naka checking at Fruit Mandi Crossing at Handwara. During checking, the joint parties apprehended 03 persons, who had attempted to flee the spot on seeing the checking parties.

According to police spokesman on personal search, the following arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession, they include One Pistol, one pistol magazine, seven pistol rounds, two grenades.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the individuals were tasked to carry out militant attacks in Handwara, cause loss of life and injuries to the public and to disrupt peace in the area. The timely and swift action by the security forces has prevented the militants from carrying out the attack. They have been identified as Manzoor Ahmed Kumar son of Aziz Kumar resident of Sagipora, Showkat Ahmed Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmed resident of Khanu Babagund and Name withheld until age ascertained, he said.

In relation to this, FIR No. 213/2022 u/s 13 UAPA and 7/25 Arms Act has been registered at Police Station Handwara and investigation initiated, reads the statement.(GNS)