Jammu & Kashmir

NIA raids four locations in Kashmir, arrests two

An armed forces personnel stands deployed in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) India on Saturday arrested two alleged overground workers in a “TRF conspiracy case” registered suo-moto by the agency in November last year.

According to a statement, NIA conducted searches at four locations in, Kupwara, Pulwama, and Shopian and arrested two accused in the case.

“The case relates to activities of ‘The Resistance Front’ (TRF), an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its self-styled commander Sajjad Gul, who has been actively radicalizing, motivating and recruiting youth of J&K for indulging in violent activities in J&K and other parts of India,” the statement said.

“He along with his other associate commanders of LeT based in Pakistan, have been recruiting individuals (Over Ground Workers) to conduct reconnaissance of pre-determined targets, coordinating and transporting arms/ammunition/explosives to support the (militants) of LeT and TRF in order to launch attacks on the security forces and execute targeted killings,” it said.

The case was registered suo-moto on 18 November 2021.

“During the searches conducted today digital devices (mobile phones, Laptop, SIM cards and memory cards) and incriminating material used for fabrication of IEDs, Jihadi literature/posters etc have been seized,” the NIA said.

Based on these searches, the NIA said “two overground workers of TRF, “who are in contact with their Pakistan-based handlers were arrested for providing logistic support for (militant) activities, spreading militant propaganda, radicalising and recruiting new members to TRF. These include Muzamil Mushtaq Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat of Near Faizan Public School, Khwaja Bagh, Fatehpora, Baramulla and Fayaz Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Rasheed Khan of Warpora, Zachaldara, Kupwara”.

“Further investigation in the case continues,” the NIA statement concludes.


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