SIA conducts raids across Kashmir in narco-militancy case

Cell phones, documents seized

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 24: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) today conducted multiple raids across Kashmir in a narco-militancy case.
The SIA in a statement said that it conducted extensive searches at different locations in Srinagar, Budgam and Kupwara districts today.
These searches were part of an investigation against narcro-militants who are financing militancy through smuggling hard drugs from Pakistan and selling it in Jammu and Kashmir and in other parts of the country.
“Equipped with search warrants issued by the Court of Special Judge, designated under NIA Act (TADA/POTA) Srinagar, house searches were conducted in connection with investigation of case that was registered in Police Station SIA Kashmir.
The statement further stated that the case was registered on receipt of reliable information that a group of persons working as Over Ground Workers (OGWs) for different militant organizations under a well-knit criminal conspiracy hatched with members of militant organizations are involved in border smuggling of narcotic drugs/substance and the proceeds thereof are passed on to the militant organizations for furtherance of militancy activities in J&K.
“During investigation, it surfaced that militant organizations across the border in order to fuel the militant activities in J&K are adopting various means and methods to provide logistic support to militants in J&K and one of the ways and means is to send consignments of heroin, brown sugar and other contraband substances worth lakhs of rupees and smuggle the same to Valley through their OGWs, conduits and supporters and other militant sympathizers. These consignment of heroin, brown sugar and other Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances are being sold in markets or smuggled to other parts of the country for sale and proceeds of sale are being ploughed back or passed on to militant organizations, militants, secessionists, OGWs to further militant, unlawful activities,” they said.
The SIA said that during the searches, incriminating material including digital weighing machine, Cell phones, electronic gadgets, important documents, bank accounts, digital evidences and other incriminating material having a bearing on the investigation of the case were recovered and seized.
“Analysis of the data and evidences would follow and leads that would emerge would become the basis for further investigation,” read the statement.