A major tragedy was averted as Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday seized three 81 mm live mortar shells under a bridge on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway.
Giving details, sources said that the mortar shells were first sighted by some locals who passed through Lolaph Khud in the morning. They immediately informed local police who along with its bomb disposal squad reached the spot and removed the shells to some distance for blasting.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in all major towns and cities across Jammu region on the eve of Dussehra. All the places where effigies of Ravana, Kumbkarna and Meghnath are to be burnt have been sanitised and closed for the general public for the next 24 hours.
The police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength at vulnerable places and random checking of vehicles done at various places.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Dilbagh visited Katra, Poonch and Mandi towns, besides Hill Kaka and some border areas to take stock of the security scenario. He addressed a public meeting at Kulali and held a joint darbar of police and Central Armed Police Force officers and personnel at Mandi.
At Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta hills nears Katra, he took stock of the security measures which are put in place during the festivals. He was also briefed about the security measures…