"Based on a tip-off from reliable intelligence sources, a search operation was launched by the vigilant troops deployed along the LoC in the Farkian Gali area of the frontier Kupwara district yesterday (Saturday) resulting in the recovery of a major haul of weapons.
"A total of 40 weapons including 20 AK-47 rifles, 20 pistols, magazines and ammunition hidden one kilometre inside the LoC were recovered," a defence spokesman said.
Inputs were being received over last few days from sources about likely bids for infiltration or pushing the arms across the LoC, he said.
"Accordingly, troops were put on high alert and searches were carried out in the suspected areas. Search operations undertaken yesterday led to the recovery of such a large cache of arms and ammunition from a place which is between the LoC and the anti-Infiltration Obstacles System (AIOS)," the spokesman added.