SIA raids multiple locations in Valley

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 6: The State Investigation Agency (SIA) today carried out raids at multiple locations in Kashmir in a militancy case filed this year which has identified Pakistani masterminds.

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The Agency said that continuing to rein in the militant networks, the SIA, Kashmir today conducted searches at multiple locations spread across the Valley.
SIA raided many places across three districts of South Kashmir and Baramulla district in North Kashmir today. In Pulwama, SIA raided the house of Owais Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Bounngam in Kakapora area and house of a Bakerwal lady Sakeena at Tumlehal.
The agency said that the details that are being investigated at the initial stage also include people in Pakistan.
“(They) include masterminds in Pakistan who with active support of Pakistani Intelligence Agencies and in connivance with proscribed terrorist organization(s) of JeM based in Pakistan have been activating their Over Ground Workers (OGWs) in J&K for initiating, organizing and executing terror activities in J&K,” said SIA.
“The Pakistani masterminds have been comprehensively identified. Their particulars, however, are being kept confidential because other agents connected with them are not alerted,” it added.
The SIA sleuths “house searched” the premises of various “suspects” in Pulwama, Awantipora, Shopian, Anantnag in South Kashmir and Baramulla in North.
“(The searches were conducted) in connection with the investigation of case FIR No. 16/2022 u/s 13, 18, 19, 38, 39, 40 UA(P) Act read with 120-B, 121 IPC registered in Police Station CIK (SIA), Kashmir,” it said.
During the searches, the agency said, incriminating materials, mobile phones and other articles having “bearing on the investigation” were recovered and seized.
“Analysis of the data will follow and leads that will emerge will become the basis for further investigation,” it added.
The SIA said that the case pertains to what it said was a “terrorist grid active in Valley”. “The searches are aimed at dismantling the terror ecosystem in the Valley by identifying Over Ground Workers supporting and abetting terrorism,” it added.
The SIA was formed last year to fast track investigations in militancy cases and also to coordinate with other probing agencies. The agency has filed multiple cases against militant outfits, their alleged supporters and Over Ground Workers, funding and misuse of SIM cards.