NIA Steps Up Operations, Raids 15 Places In J&K

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Srinagar- National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday launched searches at 15 locations across Jammu and Kashmir in a Pakistan-backed militant conspiracy case, an official said.

Searches in the house of suspects at four locations in Anantnag, three in Shopian, two each in Budgam, Srinagar and Poonch and one each in Baramulla and Rajouri were held, the official said.

According to the official, the case, registered last year, relates to hatching a conspiracy, both physical and in cyberspace and plans by proscribed militant organisations to execute violent militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms.

The plans are part of a larger conspiracy by the terrorist groups to commit terror acts in association with local youths and overground workers to create communal disharmony in the Union Territory, the official said.

The official said the militant outfits involved in the conspiracy were Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Al-Badr, and al-Qaeda, besides their offshoots such as The Resistance Front, United Liberation Front Jammu and Kashmir, Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind, Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters, Kashmir Tigers and People’s Anti-Fascist Front.

According to the NIA, the initial investigations by it indicated that the workers and cadre of the outfits were involved in the collection and distribution of sticky bombs or magnetic bombs, IEDs, cash, narcotics and small weapons.

These weapons, bombs and narcotics were being pushed in India by Pakistan-based handlers and commanders of proscribed militant organisations using drones to the militants active in Kashmir, the federal agency said.

Two OGWs Arrested In Shopian

Meanwhile two over-ground workers (OGWs) of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were arrested by government forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said Tuesday.

Shahid Ahmad and Waseem Ahmad Ganie were arrested by a joint team of police, army’s 44RR and the personnel of CRPF 14 battalion during the course of investigation into the case FIR No. 65/2023 registered at the police station, Shopian, a police spokesperson said.

He said incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 1 pistol, 1 pistol magazine, 4 pistol rounds, 1 silencer, 1 IED, 1 remote control, 2 batteries, 1 empty magazine of AK 47 rifle were recovered on their disclosure.

Pertinently, the spokesperson said, on May 2, Police along with security forces arrested a militant associate Tanveer Ahmad Wani of Daramdora Shopian.

“Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 01 AK series rifle, 01 magazine and 10 rounds were recovered from his possession and a case FIR No. 65/2023 was registered in PS Shopian. Further investigation is going on,” he added.

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