Jammu & Kashmir

NIA raid in Kishtwar in militancy funding case

Sleuths of National Investigation Agency of India. [FPK Photo/ Umar Farooq]

Kishtwar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India on Saturday said that its sleuths raided residential premises of an absconding accused in the Hizbul Mujahideen conspiracy case in Kishtwar district on Saturday.

According to a statement, the accused has been identified as Riaz Ahmed alias Hazari of Kishtwar and the NIA has announced a cash reward of Rs 3 lakh for leads on him.

The statement reads that searches conducted today at his house led to the seizure of one mobile phone, which is being analysed.

“The case, registered initially by ATS, UP Lucknow on 12th September 2018, was re-registered by NIA as case RC-02/2018/NIA/LKW under UA (P) Act on 24th September 2018. The case, registered against one Kamruk Zaman & others, related to a criminal conspiracy to carry out militant attacks by HM cadres at different places in UP and other parts of India,” it reads.

It reads that Kamrun and one absconding accused, Osama Bin Javed, were chargesheeted in NIA Special Court, Lucknow on 11th March 2019 under various sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. “Osama was killed in an encounter with armed forces on 28th September 2019.”

It added that subsequently, on 29th May 2021, a supplementary chargesheet was filed against arrested accused persons Nisar Ahmad Sheikh and Nishad Ahmad Butt, both residents of JK.

“A second supplementary chargesheet was filed against arrested accused Danish Naseer on 25th November 2022.”

It further reads that investigations have revealed that accused Kamruj Zaman was radicalized by Osama Bin Javed to join the HM and both received nine months of physical and weapon-handling training by HM cadres.

“Absconding accused Riaz Ahmad, an active militant and district deputy commander of the HM, along with another co-accused Mohammad Amin @ Jahangir Saroori, also an active militant and district commander of HM, was involved in recruiting and training accused Kamruj Zaman and Osama Bin Javed in the forests of Kishtwar.”

It reads that after completion of training, Kamruj was directed to set up bases and hideouts, and select targets in U.P, Assam and other parts of India for militant activities.

“Accordingly, he had come to Kanpur where he had also carried out reconnaissance of a few targets.” (KNO)

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