NIA continues to clamp down on terror ecosystem, raids 13 locations

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday clamped down harder on militant outfits and their offshoots and affiliates operating in the Kashmir valley and conducted searches at 13 places in Kashmir in a terror conspiracy case, officials of anti terror Agency said.

In connection with the investigation of the case that had been suo motto registered in June 2020, by NIA Police station Jammu , since the beginning of this month, the Agency conducted more than 70 searches in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, a spokesperson of the NIA said.

The Agency on Monday conducted a series of raids in Anantnag, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Budgam districts of Kashmir, and seized incriminating material and documents,

They said NIA launched extensive searches at 13 locations of sympathizers, cadres, hybrid militants and Overground Workers (OGWs) linked with the newly-formed offshoots and affiliates of several proscribed Pak-backed terror organisations, including Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr and Al-Qaeda.

“The raids were part of the ongoing investigations of NIA in the terror conspiracy case, involving the activities of OGWs and cadres in support of various newly-launched outfits, such as The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF, among others,” the NIA said

“Besides terrorist and violent activities, these cadres and workers had been found involved in collection and distribution of sticky bombs/magnetic bombs, IEDs, funds, narcotics and arms/ammunition,” the NIA spokesperson added.

NIA investigations had further revealed that Pak-based operatives were involved in delivery of arms/ammunition, explosives and narcotics to these cadres and workers in the Kashmir valley via drones, NIA said.

“Social media platforms were also being widely used by the operatives across the border to connect with OGWs and cadres in Kashmir,” it added

NIA had registered the case related to conspiracy and plans, hatched physically as well in cyberspace, by these proscribed terrorist organisations to disrupt peace and communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir by spreading terror, violence and subversion.

The conspirators aimed to unleash violent terrorist attacks in J&K with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms etc, as part of a larger conspiracy to commit acts of terror and violence by radicalising local youth and mobilising and deploying overground workers.


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