WATCH | Indian Army diffuses 9 mortar shells in Jammu and Kashmir's PoonchIBTimes IN

Three mortar shells were found near a stream in Sangwali village of Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district on Monday, officials said.

An official said a villager noticed the shells at Sangwali Morh in Ghagwal area along the Jammu-Pathankot Highway around 6.30 am and alerted the security officials. The police, along with bomb disposal squad, recovered three 81 mm mortar shells. 

Three mortar shells found near Sangwali village in Samba (Image: Twitter)

Quoting preliminary investigation, the officials said it is believed that some scrap dealer dumped the mortar shells near the stream.

According to a few other sources, the old mortar was displaced due to rain. A thorough search was conducted by the police in the area following this. 

The Indian Army had diffused nine live 120mm mortar shells in Sandote, Basoni and Balakote villages of Balakote sector in Mendhar sub-division of Poonch district in September also. 

Mortar shells are used to close-range targets. Pakistani forces had violated many ceasefire agreements and targeted villages close to the LoC.

There is a heightened presence of security forces in the region after the Central government scrapped Article 370, effectively removing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. This prompted an outburst from the Pakistani side who have escalated the issue to gain control over the disputed state.

(With agency inputs.)