Explosives and detonators were found in water tanks in Karewa which is very close to a National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir

Alert jawans of Indian armed forces, once again averted a Pulwama-like incident after they recovered 416 packets of explosives weighing 52-kg were recovered from Karewa area of Gadikal in Jammu and Kashmir on September 17. Explosives were found in a syntax tank.

As per information, a joint search operation was launched in the morning hours on Thursday in Karewa by 42 Rashtriya Rifles. 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 which is adjacent to Pulwama.

In an official statement, the Army said the explosives were found in a joint search operation launched in the morning in Garikal in Pulwama.

Defence Spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said a detailed search operation led to the recovery of 416 packets of explosives, each packet of 125g making a total of 52kg. The spokesperson also revealed that the Army recovered 50 detonators from a second water tank.

In August, 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 the chargesheet, the NIA said explosives used in the attack were brought in from Pakistan over a period of four months. The agency had also recovered a Pakistani government identity card which was issued to Azhar’s nephew Md Umer Farooq, the key conspirator. Forensic evidence attached with the chargesheet includes a voice clip of JeM chief Masood Azhar’s brother Rouf Asgar.