SIU raids residences of militants’ relatives in Kupwara

SIU raids residences of militants' relatives in Kupwara
SIU raids residences of militants' relatives in Kupwara | Photo: Pir Azhar

KUPWARA — The State Investigation Unit (SIU) of Jammu and Kashmir Police conducted raids at multiple locations in Kupwara district in connection with a case regarding militant activities in the area.

“The raids were carried out in an under-investigation case of Police Station Kupwara registered vide FIR number 276/2022 under sections 120-B, 121, 121-A, 122, 123 IPC and sections 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, 40 of UA(P) Act,” a police spokesman said in a statement issued to the news agency KNO.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara, Yougal Manhas said that the crackdown on militant elements operating within the district and those from Pakistan is a step towards dismantling the militant ecosystem working in the valley.

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“The searches were conducted in the residential houses of suspected relatives of some eight militants, who have crossed LoC illegally and joined militant ranks, and are affiliated with outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad etc,” it said.

“As per initial investigations, these militants have been found involved in actively conspiring and facilitating infiltration of militants, supplying arms and ammunition in addition to using cyberspace in radicalizing Kashmiri youths to join militant ranks besides raising funds for militancy activities,” police said.

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The searches were conducted at Hyhama, Kralpora, Mirnag, Lolab and Sulkoot localities of the district after search warrants were obtained from the designated Court.

“During the searches, vital evidence including mobile phones and other materials have been seized which are relevant for investigation of the case for corroborating the role of these persons in the perpetuation of militancy. With the investigation at its initial stages, more searches shall be carried in due course of time,” the statement said.

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