Alertness by a village defence committee (VDC) member averted a major tragedy helping the Jammu Kashmir Police seize a huge arms and explosives dump from the banks of Bein nullah flowing between Samba and Kathua districts.
The seized weapons and explosives were dumped by terrorists on the banks of the nullah,nearly 500 meters downstream from the railway bridge,sources said. These included five Chinese pistols along with nearly 200 rounds and two loaded magazines,five wireless sets along with eight antennas,two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed in tiffin boxes,four IED shells and seven remote controlled batteries.
Identifying the person who led to the discovery of seized dump as Subash Kumar,sources said that he was posted as SPO in a local VDC. Last night,while moving in the area,he noticed a portion of wireless set having come out from under the earth near the bank of Bein nullah.
He immediately informed the police who cordoned. In the morning,on digging of the earth,police found a polythene bag containing the arms,ammunition and explosives dump. The bomb disposal squad was immediately called and the IEDs were defused.
The terrorists appear to have dumped the arms and explosives for quite some time as the seized pistols had accumulated rust on them. A portion of it had come over the ground following erosion of soil due to torrential rains in the area for past many days.