One pistol along with 14 live cartridges was recovered from their possession.
The duo has been identified as Kifayatullah Bukhari, a resident of Now Pora Bara, Shopian and a juvenile in conflict with the law. According to police, the duo was in contact with the ex-constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who joined militant ranks in 2017 and acted as a district commander of the terrorist outfit.
Acting on specific inputs that a Hizb-ul Mujahideen militant has procured a sophisticated weapon and is about to join the ranks of the terrorist outfit as an active militant, Delhi police sent two of its officials to Shopian. Subsequently, a joint operation was conducted with the help of Shopian police and a trap was laid to nab the duo.
A case under relevant section of law has been registered at Shopian Police Station.
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