The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday clamped down harder on terrorist outfits and their offshoots/affiliates operating in the Kashmir valley to disrupt peace and communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir by spreading terror, violence and subversion.
The agency conducted a series of raids in Anantnag, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Budgam districts of Kashmir and seized incriminating material/ documents etc
NIA launched extensive searches at 13 locations of sympathizers/cadres, hybrid terrorists and Overground Workers (0GWs) linked with the newly-formed offshoots and affiliates of several proscribed Pak-backed terror organisations, including Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM),Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Al-Qaeda, etc.
The raids were part of the ongoing investigations of NIA in the terror conspiracy case, involving the activities of OGWs and cadres in support of various newly-launched outfits, such as The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH). Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF, among others
Besides terrorist and violent activities, these cadres and workers had been found involved in collection and distribution of sticky bombs/magnetic bombs, IEDs, funds, narcotics and arms/ammunition.
NIA investigations had further revealed that Pak-based operatives were involved in delivery of ams/ammunition, explosives, narcotics etc. to these cadres and workers in the Kashmir valley via drones. Social media platforms were also being widely used by the operatives across the border to connect with OGWs and cadres in Kashmir
NIA had registered the case (RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU) suo motu on 21st June 2022. The matter related to conspiracy and plans, hatched physically as well in cyberspace, by these proscribed terrorist organisations. The conspirators aimed to unleash violent terrorist attacks in J&K with sticky bombs, IED and small arms etc, as part of a larger conspiracy to commit acts of terror and violence by radicalising local youth and mobilising and deploying overground workers. In connection with the investigation of this case, since the beginning of this month, NIA has conducted more than 70 searches In the Union Terrory of Jammu and Kashmir