Jammu & Kashmir

NIA carries out raids in Shopian, Awantipora and Pulwama

Vehicles of armed forces as they conduct raids with NIA sleuths in Pulwama on July 13, 2023. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency of India on Thursday conducted raids at five locations in south Kashmir in militancy conspiracy case.

According to a statement, the raids were carried out in Shopian, Awantipora and Pulwama the premises of hybrid militants and OGWs of the outfits and affiliates of Pakistan-backed banned militant organisations.

The statement reads that the NIA also raided the premises of  sympathisers and cadres” of the newly floated outfits, namely The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF and others.

“These outfits are affiliated to various banned Pak-backed organisations like Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Al-Qaeda, etc. Several digital devices containing large volumes of incriminating data were recovered by NIA during today’s searches, which have once again put the spotlight on OGWs as an important part of the terror ecosystem in the Valley, which is being dismantled on a continuous basis. Also known as hybrid militants, they provide support to militants based in Pakistan.”

It added that the NIA had registered a suo moto case (RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU) on 21st June 2022 to investigate the involvement of the cadres and OGWs of the various outfits in spreading activities relating to militancy, violence and subversion in JK.

“These cadres and workers have been involved in the collection and distribution of sticky bombs/magnetic bombs, IEDs, funds, narcotic substances and arms/ammunitions.”

It further reads that the NIA investigations have revealed that Pak-based operatives were using social media platforms to promote militancy.

“Drones were being used by them to deliver arms/ammunition, explosives, narcotics etc. to their operatives and cadres in the Kashmir valley. The militancy conspiracy relates to plotting by the banned outfits in both physical and cyber space to unleash violent militant attacks in JK with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms etc.”

As per the statement the organisations, supported by their masters in Pakistan, have been conspiring to commit acts of terror and violence, by radicalizing local youth and mobilizing overground workers, to disturb peace and communal harmony in JK. (KNO)

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