NIA raids at 8 places in 5 distts in dropping of arms by drones

The NIA sleuths during raid at a house in Talab Khatikan in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
The NIA sleuths during raid at a house in Talab Khatikan in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Documents, some devices seized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted raids at eight locations spread across five districts of the Union Territory including four in Jammu division and one in Kashmir in connection with dropping of arms through drones from Pakistan and their subsequent transportation to different parts here for terror activities.
Raids were conducted at four places in Kathua district and one each location in Jammu, Samba and Doda districts (all in Jammu division) and Srinagar in Kashmir.
Some documents, devices including mobile telephones and other items have been seized during the raids, the sources said.
The NIA sleuths raided the house of Faisal Muneer, a top militant at Talab Khatikan in Jammu district, Atia Mehnaz in Srinagar, Haji Sheru at village Kaink in Samba district, Mujahid Hussain Sheikh at Bhalla, Bhaderwah in Doda district and Habib at Harya Chak, Habibullah at Mawa, Mian Sohail in Rajbagh and Muni Mohd at Marheen, all in Kathua district.
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The raids lasted throughout the day today and were aimed at ascertaining details and documents about excessive use of drones by Pakistan’s army, Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) and militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed, to drop weapons along the International Border (IB) in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts.
“After being dropped from across the border, the arms, ammunition, explosives and cash were picked up by the Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of the militants and transported to Jammu as well as Kashmir using vehicles,” the sources said.
Last month, police had recovered large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives including sticky bombs, IEDs and cash from the possession of a total of seven militants and OGWs, who were part of two modules–one operating in Jammu and another in Rajouri.
All of them were arrested.
During their interrogation, they had confessed having transported large quantity of weaponry dropped from across the border to the militants in Jammu, Srinagar and parts of South Kashmir. A car was used by Faisal Muneer for transportation of weapons.
Some of the OGWs were heavily paid by the militants for transportation of weaponry to different places after they were dropped through drones.
The case was later transferred to the NIA in view of vast network of the militants engaged in supply of drone-dropped arms at different places in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, police launched a search operation in Kathua district after some residents of a border area informed them about suspected drone movement, sources said.
According to the sources, the suspected drone movement was reported by residents of the Handey-Chak area of Marheen Wednesday night.
The search operation continued till this afternoon but nothing suspicious has been found yet in the area, they said.