SRINAGAR, June 1: The State Investigating Agency (SIA) Kashmir today carried out searches at nine locations in South Kashmir in the killing of a bank security guard.
The raids were conducted at Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag in connection with investigation of the killing of Sanjay Kumar Sharma, Bank guard of Achan, Pulwama.
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“Some electronic gadgets including mobile phones, electronic storage devices, SIM cards, documents, bank documents etc relevant to the ongoing investigation have been seized during these searches and questioning of certain subjects provided substantial leads in the case,” the SIA said.
“It is pertinent to mention here that the case was initially investigated by Pulwama Police and subsequently transferred to the SIA Kashmir. Investigation is gradually proceeding on to yield healthy cumulative evidentiary data and agency is hopeful of taking case to its logical conclusion for judicial determination,” it said.
“The searches were carried out in pursuance of search warrants issued by the Special Court for UAPA offences designated under the NIA Act, Pulwama, actively assisted by sister agencies, during the pre-dawn hours today,” the statement added.
In the meantime, Special Investigation Unit of Police attached under construction residential house of a militant associate in Danwathpora Kokernag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district today.
Police said that during the course of investigation in case FIR No. 103/2022 of Police Station Kokernag under UA(P) Act, one under construction residential house belonging to militant associate namely Mohammad Ishaq Malik son of Mohammad Saifullah Malik, resident of Danwathpora Kokernag has been found used by militants of proscribed outfit HM.
“Accordingly, process for attachment of property belonging to the accused falling within the ambit proceeds of militancy was initiated by SIU Anantnag under Section 25 of UA(P) Act & the conformation related to the attachment of property was accorded by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir,” the spokesperson said.
“The general public is once again advised not to harbour or provide shelter or extend logistics to militants/militant associates in their houses, failing which strict legal action will be taken against anyone doing so. SIU shall continue identification and initiation of attachment /confiscation of properties falling under the ambit of proceeds of militancy to shake the ecosystem of terrorism in UT of J&K,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, Security forces today arrested two militant associates of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Baramulla district and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
“Acting on specific information regarding the movement of terrorists in Frestihar Kreeri village, the security forces placed a mobile vehicle checkpoint (MVCP) at the Frestihar Waripora crossing,” a police spokesperson said.
He said that two suspects who were coming towards the crossing tried to flee when they noticed the security personnel but were apprehended tactfully.
“During a search of the duo, two Chinese pistols, two magazines and 15 pistol rounds were recovered. They were immediately taken into custody,” the spokesperson said.
The arrested accused were identified as Suhail Gulzar of Frestihar Kreeri and Waseem Ahmad Pata of Hudipora Rafiabad, both militant associates of LeT.
A case has been registered against them under the Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and an investigation is underway.