Nagrota encounter: Pakistan leaves trails all over-Phones, medicines, weapons, wireless, GPS

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Smartphones made in Pakistan and Digital Mobile Radio of QMobile and micro-electronics containing coded messages were found in possession of the four militants shot in an encounter in Nagrota on Thursday, as disclosed by J&K Police source.

As reported by The Economic Times, the militants also possessed medicines manufactured in Pakistan, apart from GPS devices and a wireless set. Some text message received by the militants, elaborating on the latest updates of the operation has also been recovered from a Digital Mobile Radio manufactured by Pakistani company Micro Electronics.

In addition to that, 11 AK assault rifles, 24 magazines and 7.5 kg of RDX along with 20 m of IED wire and six detonators were recovered. Possessions include one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), 29 grenades, five rifle grenades, three pistols with six magazines, a wireless set and a GPS, according to sources.

The initial investigations by the J&K Police revealed that the terrorists crossed the International Border in Jammu and were joined by a courier in a truck at a pre-designated spot on the national highway south of Samba.

The truck was supposed to transport them to Kashmir but was intercepted at the Ban Toll Naka in Jammu, based on specific inputs generated by intelligence agencies. The terrorists opened fire when the police attempted to check the truck, leading to two injuries among the policemen. In the gunfight that followed, all four terrorists were killed.

J&K Police investigations have concluded the intentions of the terrorists to cause disruption by carrying out a large attack ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls to derail the entire election process.

“Inputs indicate that the elections scheduled in the Union Territory to establish the third and final tier of the local bodies for governance have unnerved terrorists and Pakistani agencies. The elections have already seen massive participation in terms of nominations and an enthusiastic response from the public. The Pakistani terrorists and the huge quantity of weapons were to be used to thwart this process of democratic decentralisation,” an official of the Union Home Ministry said.

The findings clearly point towards militants’ contact with their Pakistan-based handlers before they were slain, the source said. India is likely to raise the issue with the international community. Pakistan is in the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force and faces sanctions if it is blacklisted.