School Headmaster Arrested with Weapons Ahead of Elections in Poonch

In Jammu and Kashmir, a school headmaster with a foreign-made pistol and grenades was arrested, raising security concerns ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Authorities remain vigilant to ensure a peaceful democratic process.

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School Headmaster Arrested with Weapons Ahead of Elections in Poonch

School Headmaster Arrested with Weapons Ahead of Elections in Poonch

On April 21, 2024, security forces arrested Qamaruddin, a school headmaster and alleged overground worker, with a foreign-made pistol and grenades in Hari Budha, Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir. Qamaruddin was suspected of attempting to disrupt the ongoing elections in the Poonch area.

The arrest was made in a joint operation by the Army and Police. "The search is still in progress, and two Chinese grenades and one Pakistan-made pistol were recovered from the overground worker," stated a police official. The recovered arms and ammunition are believed to have been intended to disturb the ongoing election in the Poonch area.

Qamaruddin, a registered overground worker, was caught with illegal weapons in his house. The police have lodged an FIR and are investigating the matter further. The incident took place against the backdrop of the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, with the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency scheduled to go to polls on May 7.

Why this matters: The arrest highlights the ongoing security challenges in the region as authorities work to ensure the safety of citizens during the electoral process. It also raises concerns about the infiltration of extremist ideologies into various segments of society, including educational institutions.

The Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir are being held in five phases from April 19 to May 20, 2024. The Udhampur constituency has already voted on April 19 with a 65% voter turnout and no instances of violence reported. Security forces, including the police and army, remain on high alert to thwart any attempts by militant elements to disrupt the democratic process in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Security forces arrested Qamaruddin, a school headmaster, with illegal weapons.
  • Qamaruddin was suspected of attempting to disrupt ongoing elections in Poonch.
  • The arrest was made in a joint operation by the Army and Police.
  • The recovered arms and ammunition were intended to disturb the Lok Sabha elections.
  • Security forces remain on high alert to ensure the safety of the democratic process.