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Security forces recover Chinese arms from Naxals, militants
16 Nov 2009, 1717 hrs IST, PTI
NEW DELHI: Security forces have seized 200 Chinese small arms from Naxal, militant and insurgent groups operating in the country strengthening the
government's point of view that arms from that country were being used by Left wing extremists.
Out of the 164 arms seized last year and 182 such recoveries in 2007, security forces have recovered at least 200 Chinese-made pistols, revolvers and mousers, an official data of central security forces said.
Arms from Pakistan, South Africa and Israel have also been recovered.
According to the official data, 87 Chinese-made revolvers were recovered in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces during the last year.
In the North-East, the forces recovered 113 arms in 2008 while 118 such seizures were made in 2007 which include Chinese pistols, Belgian-made gas guns and US-made carbines.
Naxals are using foreign country-made arms, especially from China and the US, frequently, the report states.
Maoist groups in Bihar, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh are using more foreign small arms, including from China, as compared to states like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where they use more of local arms, it says.
The report (which report?) also states that Russian-made AK series guns are most popular among the Maoists. 92 AK-47's, 18 AK-56, Pakistan-made Pica guns and Israeli sniper guns have been recovered by security forces during the last year, it says.
BSF DIG killed in IED blast triggered by militantshttp://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/542109/
Express news service Posted online: Monday , Nov 16, 2009 at 1647 hrs
Jammu : A top Border Security Force official of the rank of deputy inspector general was killed, while some other persons of his security squad including the driver were injured in an IED blast triggered by militants on Indo-Pak International Border in Ramgarh sector of Samba border district in Jammu region on Monday morning.
Incidentally, the spot where the IED blast occurred, had also witnessed shelling from Pakistan side in the wee hours on Monday, official sources said.
A BSF spokesman said that the firing had occurred on at around 2.00 am, wherein the intense firing from the Pakistan soil had taken place for over half an hour.
However, the firing had fallen silent after half an hour, the BSF spokesman said adding that a search operation had been undertaken by the BSF troops in the wee hours to carry out a combing operation to look for possibility of any militant having infiltrated taking cover of the wee-hour firing.
Later in the morning, the senior BSF official DIG O P Tanwar went to the firing spot in Ramgarh sector, wherein his vehicle came under the impact of an IED near the fence.
Top BSF officials and police officials have rushed to the spot to make an on spot assessment.
BSF to protest with Pak Rangers after DIG killed in IED blast
The BSF will lodge a protest with Pakistan Rangers at a flag meet after a DIG of the force was killed in the blast triggered by militants near the Indo-Pak border in Samba sector.
"A flag meeting will be held with Pakistan Rangers where a protest will be lodged," a senior BSF officer at the force headquarters here said.
52-year-old DIG O P Tanwar had gone to the area to conduct a combing operation this morning after the post came under fire from across the border since last night.
During the combing operation, a blast took place, killing Tanwar and leaving two others badly injured.
Two soldiers, two militants killed in J-K gunbattles
Agencies Posted online: Monday , Nov 16, 2009 at 1547 hrs
Srinagar : Two soldiers and as many militants were killed in two separate gunbattles as army foiled an infiltration bid, second within the past three days, along the LoC in the Kashmir valley, officials said on Monday.
Two jawans and a heavily-armed militant were killed in a gunbattle near the LoC in Keran sector, 167 kms from Srinagar, in North Kashmir's Kupwara district, Army Spokesman Lt Col J S Brar said in Srinagar.
He said the gunbattle took place on Sunday night when the troops confronted a group of militants attempting to sneak into the valley from across the border.
The operation in the area is still continuing and further details are awaited, the spokesman said.
This is the second infiltration bid scuttled by troops along the LoC in North Kashmir. On Saturday, troops shot dead five militants while they were attempting to cross into Uri Sector of Baramulla district.
In another operation, a hardcore militant of Hizbul Mujahideen identified as Abdul Rehman Gursi was killed at village Sangerwani, 40 kms from here, in Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Monday, a police spokesman said.
The militant, hiding in a house, was killed when he refused to surrender and opened fire on a joint search party of police and security forces, he said, adding the house was damaged during the gunbattle which lasted several hours.
A search is on to nab his other associates, the spokesman added