The army claimed to have unearthed a cache of arms dump in north Kashmir's frontier district of Kupwara on Sunday, stating that the fresh batch of weapons were apparently sent from across the Line of Control (LoC) recently to keep winters in the valley warm.
A Srinagar-based army spokesman said the army had launched an operation in Farkian Gali area near the LoC after gathering intelligence inputs about attempts by militants to flare up militancy in the valley using fresh stock of weapons.
"During the operation, the vigilant troops recovered a major haul of weapons,"said the army spokesman.
The army said a total of 40 brand new weapons, including 20 AK-47 rifles and 20 pistols, were recovered. "A huge cache of ammunition was also found. The large cache of arms and ammunition were hauled from a place between the LoC and the anti-infiltration obstacle system, which is 1 km inside the LoC,"said the spokesman.
The army said it had been receiving intelligence inputs for last few days about the likely bid of infiltration or pushing of arms across the LoC.
The army said the troops were put on a high alert and "searches were being carried out in the suspected areas".
Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Gurmit Singh said the troops deployed along the LoC for their alertness and vigil.
"The army will continue to provide a secure and peaceful environment in the Valley,"he added.
Kashmir witnesses a dip in infiltration bids during the winters due to heavy snowfall on the passes on the LoC.
The trend in the last two decades has been that armed men and weapons are pushed by the militant groups stationed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir ahead of the winters and any major snowfall.