Srinagar, Apr 18: Security forces have arrested ten miliants and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition in north Kashmir, a defence ministry spokesman said today.
He said troops of 29 Rashtriya Rifles, based on information, carried out a search operation in village Chanderhoma, Widhipura and Lullipora in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.
A number of hideouts were busted during the operation, he said adding the recoveries included three AK 47 Rifles, six magazines, 32 Ak rounds, one 9 mm Carbine with silencer, two INSAS Rifles, one magazines, 12 rounds, one carbine, six UBGL launcher,40 UBGL grenades, 250 Sniper rounds, two wilreless sets, 10 antennas, one Chinese Pistol, two magazines, two Hand grenades, 45 remotely controlled improvised exlosive devices, 20 detonators, 100 IED circuits, two galvanometers, two fake rubber stamps of Naib Tehsildar, Pattan and Police Station Pattan and a diary containing IED data and two fake identity cards.
He said police and troops in joint operations apprehended ten top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants from Sopre and Pattan in Baramulla district.
The militants were involved in several killings and other militancy-related activities in the Kashmir valley.
Two of the arrested militants, Hilal and Nissar have confessed involvement in killing of three personnel of the Special Task Force (STF) and a civilian, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai, of Dangarpura village on May 29 last year.
He said two other militants, Mehraj-ud-din and Imtiyaz, were involved in killing of two civilians at the Sopore bus stand in October last year. Besides involved in killings, Tariq Ahmad Rather and Nissar were also managing finance and equipment for the Hizb, he added.
Spokesman said the group was active in Baramulla and Srinagar districts and they have confessed to their involvement in killing of civilians, two STF personnel in Chankhan, Sopore and few SPOs.
The militants were also involved in planting IEDs in the area and grenade blasts in the Sopore town between 2004-06, the spokesman said.
The apprehended militants revealed that they were planning to eliminate candidates from Rafiabad and Pattan before the bypolls.
The spokesman said four Chinese pistols with ammunition, 15 Chinese grenades, four kg of explosive material and three electronic detonators were seized from the ultras.