National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 16 locations in Kashmir and arrested four persons in connection with the militancy conspiracy case.
In a statement issued by NIA, spokesperson said that yesterday (12th october), NIA conducted searches at 16 locations in Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian districts of J&K and arrested 04 accused namely i) Waseem Ahmed Sofi r/o Chattabal Srinagar; ii) Tariq Ahmed Dar r/o Shergarhi Srinagar iii) Bilal Ahmed Mir @ Bilal Fufu r/o Parimpora Srinagar and Tariq Ahmed Bafanda r/o Rajauri Kadal Srinagar.
He further added that the case pertains to information received regarding hatching of conspiracy both physically and in cyberspace for undertaking violent militancy acts in J&K and other major cities including New Delhi, by cadres of proscribed organisations Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al Badr and similar other outfits and their affiliates such as the Resistance Front (TRF), People Against Fascist Forces (PAFF) etc.
“The militant associates/OGWs of these organisations are conspiring with their handlers and commanders based in a neighbouring country and also indulging in radicalization of local youth for the purpose of recruiting and training them in handling of arms, ammunition and explosives. These militants and cadres have affected several militant acts including killings of numerous innocent civilians and security personnel, unleashing a reign of terror in the valley of Kashmir, thereby challenging the writ of the state” NIA spokesperson added.
During the searches conducted yesterday several electronic devices, incriminating jehadi documents, records of suspicious financial transactions were seized.
The spokesperson added that the preliminary investigation has revealed that arrested accused persons are militant associates/OGWs of various proscribed organisations and have been providing logistical and material support to militants and facilitating them in their nefarious designs.
Accordingly, NIA had registered the case as RC 29/2021/NIA/DLI) dated 10.10.2021 and initiated the further investigation in the case.