National Investigating Agency (NIA)

NEW DELHI — The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday said that continuing its crackdown on the newly floated militant outfits in Jammu and Kashmir, they seized incriminating literature and several digital devices.

In a handout to the news agency GNS, the NIA said that the searches were conducted at three locations in the Kashmir valley, in the residential premises of sympathizers/cadres, hybrid militants and over-ground workers (OGWs) linked with the newly-formed offshoots and affiliates of several proscribed Pakistan-backed militant outfits, such as Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), AI-Badr, AI-Qaeda, etc.

According to the spokesman, the day-long raids and searches were conducted at locations in Srinagar and Budgam districts, as part of the ongoing NIA investigations into the activities of the recently formed militant groups, including The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers and PAAF.

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A total of 51 locations have been searched in recent days in connection with the ‘terror conspiracy case’ (RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU), which was registered suo moto by NIA on June 21, 2022. The case relates to the hatching of a conspiracy, both physical and in cyberspace, and plans by the proscribed militant organizations to unleash violent militant attacks in J&K with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms etc.

“The plans are part of a larger conspiracy to carry out acts of militancy and violence, by radicalizing local youth and mobilizing overground workers, to disturb the peace and communal harmony of J&K,” he said.

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Cadres and workers of the newly formed organizations have been found to be involved in the collection and distribution of sticky bombs/magnetic bombs, IEDs, funds, narcotic substances and arms/ammunition, etc. “They are spreading activities relating to militancy, violence and subversion in J&K, as per NIA investigations,” he said.

“Investigations have further revealed that Pak-based operatives are using drones to deliver arms/ ammunitions, explosives, narcotics, etc to their operatives and cadres in the Kashmir valley. These operatives are using social media to connect with the cadres and workers in India,” reads the statement.

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