Indian Army has managed to avert a Pulwama-type attack. Explosives weighing as many as 52 kgs have been recovered from a syntax tank in Karewa area of Gadikal in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to inputs, a joint search operation was launched at 0800 hours on Thursday in Karewa by 42 Rashtriya Rifles. The search led to the recovery of a syntax tank filled with 416 packets of explosives weighing 52 kgs. Each packet weighed 125 gms.
Upon further search, 50 detonators were recovered from another syntax tank in Karewa. The location in Karewa is very close to the National Highway and is approximately 9 km south-east of Letapora, not far from where the Pulwama attack happened.
On February 14 of last year, a convoy carrying 40 CRPF personnel was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide borne near Awantipora’s Goripura in J&K’s Pulwama district. Terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed later claimed responsibility for the attack which resulted in the deaths of 40 jawans.
Explosives recovered by 42RR (Photo Credits: Manjeet Singh Negi/India Today)
In August of this year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a 5,000-page chargesheet in the Pulwama attack case. Among those named in the chargesheet include JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar.
In its chargesheet, NIA stated that explosives used in the attack were brought in from Pakistan over a period of four months. Forensic evidence listed in the chargesheet includes a voice clip of JeM chief Masood Azhar’s brother Rouf Asgar. A Pakistani government identity card issued to Azhar’s nephew Md Umer Farooq, the key conspirator was also recovered by the agency.