National Investigation Agency (NIA)

SRINAGAR — National Investigation Agency (NIA) today said that it raided multiple locations in Kashmir and Punjab in connection with the attacks on the minority community.

NIA in a statement said that in June 2022, the National Investigation Agency had registered a suo-moto case against OGWs and cadres of various proscribed outfits and their affiliates, who were operating under various pseudo names on the commands of their Pakistani commanders and handlers.

In follow-up operations in 2022, searches were conducted at 14 locations in six districts of Jammu & Kashmir, including Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama, Anantnag, Budgam and Kathua.

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The case relates to a militant conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based commanders of proscribed militant organizations to radicalize the youth of J&K and target members of minority communities, security personnel and religious events/activities. “The accused were also found involved in spreading terror in J&K over cyber-space.”

During investigations, 12 suspects were identified who were in touch with different Pakistan-based handlers. Searches were conducted at 11 locations belonging to the above suspects across J&K in the districts of Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag and a location in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.

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“Digital devices and incriminating material were seized from these locations. Further investigations in the case are in progress,” the statement concluded.

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