The Army on Tuesday recovered Rs. 2,000 notes, which have been in circulation for less than a fortnight, from two terrorists killed in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. Security forces had cordoned off the area early morning after the terrorists who were holed up there opened fire. A heavy gunbattle ensued soon after. A combing operation was underway to flush out for more terrorists, if any, the agency further reported.
The Army and the police in a joint operation had cordoned off the area to smoke out the two terrorists who were holed up and had opened fire, thus engaging in a heavy gunbattle early in the morning of Tuesday.
Exchange of gunfire took place between both sides in which two terrorists were neutralised. A cache of arms and ammunition were recovered, in addition to Rs. 15,000 in cash — two Rs. 2,000 notes and the remaining in Rs. 100 notes. Two AK-47 rifles, with arms and ammunition have been recovered from the killed militants.
Both are suspected to be from the Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, the police say.
Four masked and armed men burst into a bank in Kashmir and left with Rs. 13 lakh, largely in the old Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes.
The robbery took place at a branch of the state-run Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Malpora, 100 km from Srinagar.
The notes could have been sourced locally, said police. Investigations are underway.