Srinagar- Police on Thursday claimed to have busted a narco-militant funding module in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district by arresting four alleged militant associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Younis Manzoor and Mehboob Ahmed Sheikh, both residents of Wathoora and Irshad Ahmad Ganie of Arigam and Muzaffar Ahmad of Parnewa were arrested in a joint operation of police, army’s 53 RR and CRPF 181 battalion, a police spokesperson said Thursday.
Preliminary investigation, he said, revealed that the arrested militant associates were involved in providing logistic support to LeT by distributing proceeds of narcotics to active militants and operatives of the outfit.
“Investigations also revealed that module has been working on the directions of terror operatives for collection of narcotics and subsequently distributing the proceeds of narcotics among the terrorists,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, five vehicles have also been seized which have been purchased from the proceeds of narcotics sales with the intention of keeping the money/proceeds safe and were set to be sold on the directions of active militants or operatives (handlers) as and when the money/payment was required by the militants.
“Besides, incriminating material of proscribed terror outfit LeT, explosive substance including 03 grenades, 02 AK-Magazines and 65 rounds of AK-47 were recovered from their possession,” he said.
Accordingly, he said that a case FIR number 116/ 2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Chadoora and further investigation is in progress.
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