The army has recovered a warlike store inside a tree trunk near the Line of Control (LoC) in Machhal Sector of north Kashmir.
According to Srinagar-based army spokesman, a column of the Rashtriya Rifles zeroed in on the warlike store during an operation launched on Saturday in the Lashdat Nar area of Machhal Sector in north Kashmir near LoC.
The worry for the army was the store containing arms was hidden just 200 to 300 metres on this side of the LoC.
The army had prior information about the presence of weapons in the area. "The operation was launched on a tip off from a reliable source about a warlike store near the LoC," said the spokesman.
The search operation led the army to a tree with a hollow trunk. "The patrol discovered a natural opening in the hollow of a tree trunk. On further scanning, the opening revealed the presence of large quantities of warlike store, including weapons, ammunition and explosives," said the spokesman.
One AK-56 rifle, three magazines and 90 rounds, two pistols, two rifle-propelled grenade launcher and explosives contained in two cylindrical cases were recovered, according to the army.
The army described the recovery as "a major success". There has been heightened militant activity near the LoC in north Kashmir. With peaks clear of snow, there has been trend to push militants into the Valley at the peak of the summer.
This year, the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a number of ceasefire violations where several soldiers lost their lives, besides the infiltration bids.