Suspected militants fled with at least five guns taken from security men guarding a TV tower in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a police spokesman said on Monday.
The spokesperson on Monday said that the armed men barged into the guardroom of the tower in Dalvash area of the southern district late on Sunday night. They overpowered the security and snatched the weapons before fleeing.
“Senior officers from police reached the spot to assess the situation,” sources said, adding that an alert has been sounded and all the entry and exit points leading to Dooru village were sealed.
Massive searches were launched to locate the gunmen and the weapons.
“A hunt has been launched to nab the suspected rebels,” sources added.
The men snatched one Insas and carbine rifle each, and three self-loading rifles. The tower police guards were taken into custody.
According to police sources, Monday’s incident takes the number of snatched weapons in last three months of unrest in the Valley to more than 30.
Atleast 22 weapons were snatched from policemen in the month of September and October. On October 3, five weapons (SLRs) were snatched from policemen guarding a minority village in Kulgam. A similar attempt was foiled on October 7 in Shopian, but led to a policemen losing his life and injuring two others.
Sources say most of the weapons have been snatched in the worst-hit South Kashmir districts of Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama.
Meanwhile in another incident, militants opened fire on a police post guarding a minority community in Sirnoo area of Pulwama district late on Sunday night.