Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said that it raided several locations across Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the militancy conspiracy hatched and operationalised by the offshoots of the banned Pakistan-backed organisation organisations, such as Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Al-Qaeda, etc.
A spokesperson in a statement issued to the news agency Kashmir News Observer, the teams of NIA cracked down on eight locations in the seven districts of Poonch, Shopian, Pulwama, Baramula, Ganderbal, Kupwara and Srinagar of the Union Territory of JK.
“The locations raided today were residential premises of hybrid militants and Overground Workers (OGWs) associated with the newly-formed affiliates and offshoots of the banned militant outfits,” the statement said.
“Extensive searches were also conducted at the premises of the cadres and sympathisers of these newly floated organisations, which included The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu and Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF, among others,” the statement said.
The searches led to the seizure of several digital devices containing large volumes of incriminating data and documents by the NIA, which has been investigating the conspiracy of the recently launched offshoots of the banned militant outfits to destabilise JK through violent militant attacks and activities.
NIA had registered the case (RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU) suo moto on 21st June 2022 to probe the involvement of the cadres, OGWs and other suspects of the new outfits in the collection and distribution of sticky bombs/magnetic bombs, IEDs, funds, narcotic substances and arms/ammunition to spread terror, violence and subversion in JK.
The statement added that NIA investigations so far have revealed that Pak-based operatives were using social media platforms to promote militancy, and were also using drones to deliver arms/ammunition, explosives, narcotics etc to their operatives and cadres in the Kashmir valley.
“These activities were being carried out as part of the militant conspiracy hatched by the banned outfits, backed by their masters in Pakistan. The conspiracy also involved radicalisation of local youth and mobilisation of OGWs to carry out violent and disruptive activities in JK,” the spokesperson said.
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