NIA raids against militant outfits at 9 places in Kashmir

Security personnel stand guard during NIA raids at Shalla Kadal in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Security personnel stand guard during NIA raids at Shalla Kadal in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Apr 22: In a massive crackdown against Pakistan based militant organisations and their offshoots, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided nine locations across Kashmir.
The NIA assisted by Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF conducted raids at these locations early in the morning and they lasted for several hours.
The raids were conducted at the houses of editor Mountain Valley, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bazaz at Batmaloo, marketing agent of Revlon Cosmetics Muzamil Shafi Khan at Qalamdanpora Nawabazar, Tawheed Ahmad Dar of Methan, Mohammad Ayub Dar at Dar Mohalla Rawalpora, Khalida Yusuf at Shalla Kadal Habba Kadal who is wife of a police constable and Basharat Mushtaq of Barbar Shah Srinagar. The cell phone of Khalida Yusuf was seized and she was taken to Police Station Shaheed Gunj Srinagar.
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A statement issued by the NIA said that several digital devices containing large volumes of incriminating data and documents were seized during the raids, conducted at the premises of hybrid militants and Overground Workers (OGWs) linked with the newly-formed offshoots and affiliates of the outfits such as Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Al-Qaeda, etc.

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It said the premises of sympathizers and cadres of these organisations were also searched extensively.
“NIA teams cracked down on these properties and conducted elaborate searches this morning as part of its investigation in the case RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU, registered by the anti-terror agency suo moto on 21st June 2022. The case relates to a terror conspiracy involving plans by the banned terrorist organisations and their newly floated offshoots to unleash violence in J&K by using sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms,” the statement added.
It said that backed by their Pakistan-based masters and mentors, these outfits have been conspiring, in both physical and cyber space, to carry out terror acts aimed at disturbing the peace and communal harmony in J&K by radicalizing local youth and mobilizing Over Ground Workers.
“The outfits include The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF and others. All of them are affiliated to the banned terrorist organisations and were floated as frontal outfits to carry out the nefarious agenda of the main militant groups after the latter were banned by the Government of India,” it said.
The statement further said the digital devices and other data recovered during the searches are being scrutinized to expose and dismantle the complete conspiracy.