NIA’s assault on offshoots of banned terror outfits in J&K

SRINAGAR | Updated: 06 December, 2023 2:04 pm IST

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday raided several locations across Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror conspiracy hatched and operated by the offshoots of terrorist organisations like Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, and Al-Qaeda.

According to the NIA officials, “The teams of NIA cracked down on eight locations in the seven districts of Poonch, Shopian, Pulwama, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kupwara, and Srinagar.”

The locations raided on Tuesday were residential premises of hybrid terrorists and overground workers (OGWs) associated with the newly-formed affiliates and offshoots of the banned terrorist outfits.

 

The NIA disclosed that extensive searches were conducted at the premises of the cadres and sympathizers of the newly floated organizations, including The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu and Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, People’s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), among others. The officials added, “The searches led to the seizure of several digital devices containing large volumes of incriminating data and documents by the NIA, which has been investigating the conspiracy of the recently launched offshoots of the banned terror outfits to destabilise J&K through violent terrorist attacks and activities.”

The probe agency officials said that “NIA had registered the case suo moto on June 21, 2022 to probe the involvement of the cadres, OGWs, and other suspects of the new outfits in the collection and distribution of sticky bombs, magnetic bombs, IEDs, funds, narcotic substances, and arms and ammunition to spread terror, violence, and subversion in J&K.”

The NIA also said that investigations so far have revealed that Pakistan-based operatives were using social media platforms to promote terror, and were also using drones to deliver arms and ammunition, explosives, and narcotics to their operatives and cadres in Kashmir.

These activities were being carried out as part of the terror conspiracy hatched by the banned outfits, backed by their masters in Pakistan. The conspiracy also involved the radicalisation of local youth and the mobilisation of OGWs to carry out violent and disruptive activities in J&K.

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