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Recovery of mortar fuze used by Pak army alarms forces

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Srinagar, Jan 11: Security agen-cies have raised an alarm over the recovery of three Point Detonating (PD) fuzes, used by the Pakistani army in their 82 mm mortar shells, from a terrorist in North Kashmir two weeks back, officials said Monday. 

The three PDs were recovered by the Baramulla Police on the eve of New Year when the force inter-cepted a vehicle. Unaware of the ma-terial recovered, the police had de-clared it as “unique grenade”. However; senior officers at the po-lice headquarters examined the material and came out with a fmd-ing that it was a PD used by the Pakistani army for the 82 MM mor-tar shells, they said. A report was shared with other security agen-

cies including the army which has now taken up the matter with all se-riousness, the officials said.

 They said the PD could be used during the fabrication (manufacture) of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to increase its impact. It helps in super-quick detonation of explo-sives or at times can delay the im-pact mode fora bigger damage, the officials said. The terrorist, identified as Asif Gul, from whom the PDs were re-covered, is alleged to be a known Over Ground Worker (CGVV) of The Resistance Front (TRF), a shadow outfit of banned Lashkeite-Taiba ter-ror group.

 He had concealed the fuze inside a sack full of charcoal. Gul, against whom 29 cases have been registered since 2015, was in touch with now Pakistan-occupied Kashmirbased Aabid Qkvoom Lone,who is believed to be a top com-mander of TRF and instrumental in running modules of shadow ter-ror groups in the valley from across the border.

 Gul had picked up the consignment from North Kashmir and was on his way to deliver it to his cadres in South Kashmir, the of-ficials said. This is the first case of mortar fuze being seized by the police, and the officers fear that some con-signments may have remained un-detected and reached the terror modules in the Valley. The year 2020 saw several consignments of arms being smuggled from the other side of the border, some of them being dropped from across the LoC using drones. 

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