Jammu & Kashmir

NIA raid in Kupwara, father-son duo detained

National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducting searches in Kashmir. [FPK File Photo / Umar Farooq]
Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India conducted raids in Kashmir at three different locations, including the house of a doctor in Doda, and detained a teenage boy and his father from Kupwara.
The 19-year-old boy, Mehrajudin Sofi, and his father, Ghulam Mohammad Sofi, were taken into custody by the NIA during a raid in Kralpora village, Kupwara. They were then transported to Srinagar for further questioning. Mehrajudin Sofi is currently pursuing a B Com degree at Government Degree College Kupwara, Daily Excelsior reported.

Additionally, the NIA carried out raids at the houses of two other individuals. Shehzad Ahmad Bhat’s residence in Parigam, Kulgam district, was searched.

Bhat works as a mason and the raid began at around 5:45am, lasting for several hours. Another raid took place at the home of Mohammad Yusuf Wani, a farmer by profession, in Chotigam, Shopian district. This operation also lasted for a few hours.

The report quoting an official said, the investigations are related to a criminal conspiracy involving militant and subversive activities planned by various proscribed organisations and their associates, who operate under various aliases and are directed by Pakistani commanders and handlers.

These organisations and their affiliates are allegedly responsible for conducting militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, using cyberspace to target minorities, security personnel, and to incite communal discord.

Meanwhile, in Jammu, the NIA searched the residence of Dr. Parvez Mir in the Bhatindi area on the outskirts of the city.

While Dr. Mir is stationed in Gandoh, Doda district, the NIA was actually searching for his nephew, Mohammad Osama, who used to live with him.

It was reported that Osama had used a certain application to send emails that are now part of the ongoing investigations. The NIA has requested Osama’s presence at their Jammu office for further questioning, and his mobile phone has been confiscated for data extraction.

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