Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths Wednesday raided eleven locations in Kashmir in connection with a case of hatching a conspiracy for “undertaking violent terrorist attack” in the erstwhile state.
According to the reports, the raids were conducted in Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama, Sopore, Kulgam and Awantipora district.
However, this is not the first time that the NIA has carried multiple raids in the valley. As per the rough estimation in the past four months the anti-terror agency has conducted around 130 raids across Jammu and Kashmir.
Since July 2021, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed frequent NIA action in various cases largely related to “terror funding, anti-national activities or militant related cases.”
On 11 July, NIA raided seven locations in Srinagar and Anantnag district in a case regarding online radicalisation by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in India.
According to the NIA spokesperson, during the searches, a large number of incriminating documents and digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptop, hard disks and T-Shirts having ISIS logo were recovered and seized.
A case was registered by the NIA on 29 June 2021, under Sections 124A, 153A, and 153B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 17, 18, 18B, 38, 39 and 40 of the UAPA Act 1967 in connection with the conspiracy of the terrorist organisation ISIS “to radicalise and recruit impressionable youth in India and wage violent jihad against the Indian state”.
On 31 July, the NIA raided 14 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the cases related to the recovery of 5 kg IED on 27 June and the arrest of Lashkar-e-Mustafa top commander Hidayatullah Malik.
On 27 June, two people were arrested by J-K police with an IED from Narwal area of Jammu. Their arrest came hours after two explosions rocked the high security technical area of Air Force Station in Jammu which was carried out by drones.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had handed over this investigation to the NIA.
On August 8 and 9, the anti-terror agency conducted raids at over 55 locations in 14 districts in Kashmir in connection with a “terror funding case”.
The raids were conducted at the residences of the banned religious group Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) outfit.
The Government of India (GoI) has banned JeI for five years in February 2019 for having close association with militant outfits and supporting “secessionist movement” in the erstwhile state.
On September 23, the NIA carried out searches at multiple places in Baramulla and Srinagar districts of Kashmir.
The raids were in connection with the arrests of dismissed deputy superintendent of police Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen militant Naveed Babu in January.
On January 11, 2020, Singh was arrested while allegedly ferrying Hizbul commander Syed Naveed Mushtaq, alias Naveed Babu; advocate Irfan Shafi Mir, and another militant, Rafi Ahmad Rather, from Shopian to Jammu in his car.
On October 3, NIA conducted searches at nine places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a transfer of funds from Pakistan to India.
The funds, as per the agency, were channeled through the import of California almonds (badam giri) via cross-Line of Control (LOC) trade routes.
NIA conducted the searches in the Poonch district of Jammu at the premises of the suspected LoC traders in relation to the case.
On October 10, the agency conducted raids at more than 15 places in Srinagar, Sopore, and Anantnag in the valley. The raid was carried out on militant activities and included the case of the magazine ‘Voice of Hind’.
Two days later on October 12, NIA conducted raids at 16 locations across Kashmir.
The raids were conducted at locations in Shopian, Pulwama and Srinagar, in connection with a new case linked to the Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of various organisations including The Resistance Front (TRF).
During the searches at Kulgam and Srinagar district, two TRF operatives arrested by the probe agency have been identified as Tawseef Ahmed Wani, a resident of Baramulla and Faiz Ahmed Khan, a resident of Anantnag.
“Investigation has revealed that Pakistan-based handlers of proscribed terror outfit LeT and their associates based in J&K had conspired to cause extensive terror activities for harming the public,” an official NIA handout said.