Srinagar, Sept 10: Two militants, who were arrested on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Tuesday, had brought weapons from Samba after loading essentials in Punjab, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
He said initial investigations reveal that militants were in constant contact with active militants in Pakistan during their during entire journey.
He said the militants had hatched a conspiracy to transport weapons and ammunition from Samba in Jammu region to Kashmir.
He said on September 4 and 5, the militants travelled by truck number JK22B1737 to Pathankot in Punjab and collected normal stores.
However, they were in constant contact with the militant handlers in Pakistan through online apps, spokesman said.
He said on September 5 and 6, the militants collected arms and ammunition from Samba and moved towards Kashmir Valley.
However, on September 8 at around midnight, the militant accomplices were apprehended after discovery of weapons during a search of the truck based on @JmuKmrPoliceinputs at Jawahar Tunnel, near Kulgam.
A senior police officer on Wednesday said at Anantnag that weapons for new militant recruits to cause disturbance in south Kashmir. However, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate where the militants were heading with arms and ammunition.
The driver and co-driver of a truck were arrested after a cache of arms and ammunition, including one AK rifle with two magazines, one M4 US Carbine with 3 magazines and six Chinese Pistols with 12 magazines was recovered from the truck.
Director General of Police (DGP) and other senior police and Army officers have said that militants are facing shortage of weapons in the Kashmir valley.