Poonch police Thursday said two Pulwama men arrested from Mendhar yesterday were "militant associates" who were allegedly given task to carry weapons from someone in Mendhar to Kashmir valley.
SSP, Rajiv Pandey addressing media said: "The duo were militant associates hailing from Pulwama and were arrested near Jarran Wali Gali of Gursai police station in Poonch district."
"There was specific information regarding presence of suspects in the area and stops (barricades) were laid by the teams headed by several deputy superintendents of police along with army," he added.
He said during the naka checking, one golden colour tavera JK01R-5936 coming from Mendhar towards Jara Wali Gali was intercepted. "The driver of the vehicle and his accomplice travelling in it were detained for further questioning," he said.
The SSP said after sustained interrogation they turned out to be "militant associates" who were identified as Shabir Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din and Mohammad Aqib son of Bashir Ahmed, both residents of Kakapora Pulwama.
Operation was launched by Poonch police, special operation group and 25 Rashtriya rifles under 06 sector Romeo force, he said.
During the search, two AK 56 rifle and two magazines along with other ammunition were recovered from their possession.
"Later, more searches were conducted and four hand grenades were also recovered from the duo," the SSP said.
The SSP said they were "given the task of carrying weapons from a village of Mendhar to the Valley."
Meanwhile, sources told Greater Kashmir that massive search operations launched after the arrest of the duo at different places including Jaranwali Gali, Kali, Gursai and Pathanateer village continued today also.
Sources said, "Several more names have surfaced in the case and there are some more arrests on cards."