In a development that counters the government's claims of the note ban denting terror financing, the two militants killed in a gunfight with security forces in north Kashmir's Bandipora today were found in possession of new Rs 2,000 notes.
According to the police, the terrorists had Rs 15,000 in cash, including two notes of the new Rs 2,000 denomination and the rest in Rs 100 notes.
The terrorists, believed to be members of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), were killed in a gunfight with security forces at Bonikhan village.
Following specific information about militant presence in Bonikhan village, troops of the 13 Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police launched the operation.
New Rs 2000 notes recovered from terrorists gunned down by Army in Bandipora(J&K) today. pic.twitter.com/l9y1xqyoem— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2016
"The militants were engaged in a sustained gunfight till two of them were killed. Both the slain militants were believed to be of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit. However, their exact identities were being established," said a senior police officer.
Yesterday, suspected militants had robbed a bank in Chrar-e-Sharief area of central Kashmir's Budgam district, decamping with nearly Rs 13 lakh cash.
The gunmen barged into the Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch at Malpora in Chrar-e-Sharief and took away cash from the counters at gunpoint.