Cop Among Three Arrested In Drone Arms Case

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested one of its own members in the arms dropping case in Jammu. The cop, identified as selection grade constable, Ishfaq Malik, has been taken to Jammu where a case is registered, The Indian Express reported.

The cop is a resident of Verinag in Anantnag. Along with him, police have also arrested Ghulam Rasool, another resident from the Anantnag district.

The police had recovered a packet from the Phalian Mandal area that contained a rifle and three magazines with 30 rounds and an optical sight. It was dropped by a drone from Pakistan during the intervening night of October 1 and 2. Police registered a case under Sections 120-B IPC, 7/25 of the Arms Act and 13,16,18,23 of the ULAP at Satwari police station.

During the investigations, police said they arrested Irfan Ahmed Bhat from Anantnag on October 12, allegedly a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant. The newspaper quoted sources saying that while Bhat was supposed to take the packet from the spot and handover the cop for delivery to the militants.

Drone crossings across the international border in Jammu are a new style of arms smuggling. The BSF and the police have so far shot down two drones and recovered some arms and ammunition.

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