Srinagar: State Investigation Agency of JK Police on Saturday said that it conducted searches at multiple locations across Valley.
In a handout, the SIA said that it conducted extensive searches at different locations in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam, and Kupwara today.
“These searches were part of an investigation against narco-militants who are financing militancy through smuggling hard drugs from Pakistan and selling it in JK and in other parts of the country,” the statement said.
Equipped with search warrants issued by the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Designated under NIA Act (TADA/POTA) Srinagar, house searches were conducted in connection with an investigation of case FIR No. 17/2022 u/s 8,21,29 NDPS Act, 13,17,18,39, 40 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 121 and 120-B, 121, 121-A IPC of Police Station CI-SIA Kashmir, it said.
The statement further stated that this case was registered by Police Station, CI-SIA(K), Srinagar on receipt of reliable information that a group of person(s) working as OGW(s) for the different militant organization(s) under a well knit criminal conspiracy hatched with member(s) of the militant organization(s) are involved in border smuggling of narcotic drugs/substance and the proceeds thereof are passed on to the militant organization(s) for the furtherance of militancy activities in JK.
“During the investigation, it surfaced that militant organization(s) across the border in order to fuel the militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir are adopting various means and methods to provide logistic support to militant(s) in Jammu and Kashmir and one of the ways and means is to send consignments of heroin, brown sugar and other contraband substances worth lakhs of rupees and smuggle the same to the valley through their OGWs, Conduit(s) / Supporter(s) and other terrorist sympathizers. This consignment of heroin, brown sugar and other Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances are being sold in markets or smuggled to other parts of the country for sale and proceeds of the sale are being ploughed back or passed on to militant organization(s) /militant(s) secessionist(s) /OGW(s) to further militant/unlawful activities,” they said.
During the searches, the statement said incriminating material including digital weighing machines, Cell phones, Electronic gadgets, important documents, bank accounts, digital evidence and other incriminating material having a bearing on the investigation of the case were seized, the statement said.
Analysis of the data and evidence would follow and leads that would emerge would become the basis for further investigation, reads the statement.