Srinagar, August 7: After a report provided to police about militants boarding the Oil tanker by an oil tanker driver, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with Army and Central Reserve Police Force launched a massive search operation in the forests of Lower Munda area in Srinagar.
The Oil Tanker driver, Shanker Sharma of Ram Nagar reported to the Police in Qazigund last afternoon and said that two militants who were dressed in army uniform and armed with automatic rifles boarded his Oil Tanker at Banihal in Jammu region and crossed the Jawahar Tunnel towards Kashmir and de-boarded at Lower Munda and went inside the Pir Panjal forests.
A massive search operation was launched by police in the lower Munda forest area immediately after the driver narrated the story and hundreds of Police, Army and CRPF personnals were sent to forest to conduct the search operation.
The search operation was in process in the woods till reports last reached in.
The security forces is said to detain two Bakerwals in the forest area and asked them about the whereabouts of two militants. They have been identified as Mohammed Sadiq Poswal, a resident of Nagrota and Mohammed Qayyum Poswal of Udhampur.
As per Sources, these militants had infiltrated into North Kashmir during the first week of June and had gone to Kupwara, Lolab, Sopore forests, Khrew before reaching to Kulgam. The captured militant Mohammad Naveed had received 21 days training in handling arms at Muzaffarabad in February this year. He and his associates were tasked to carry out attacks on CRPF and BSF.
Also, the police is searching for the truck driver in Kulgam who ferried the two militants to Udhampur for carrying out attack on a BSF convoy killing two jawans and injuring 11 others.
Reports said that the two militants had paid around Rs 20,000 to the truck driver to ferry them to Udhampur from Kulgam. The duo had arrived in Kulgam some one month back and were launched by the divisional commander of LeT, Abu Qasim for carrying out the attack at Udhampur.
Earlier, security on the National Highway was beefed up after attack on BSF convoy yesterday.
Special police teams have been formed to guard the highway and police is conducting vehicle checking. Police also conducted surprise checks of suspicious vehicles on National Highway at many places like Ramban, Banihal and Qazigund. Additional reinforcements have been deployed for checking the vehicles. The police stations along the highway have been asked to keep a watch on suspicious movements and take other security measures.