Narco-militancy funding module busted in Budgam, 4 LeT associates held, say police

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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday claimed to have busted a narco-militancy funding module by arresting four associates of LeT outfit in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

According to a statement, issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), police along with 53 RR and 181 BN of CRPF arrested four associates of LeT and also recovered incriminating materials, explosives, ammunition and vehicles from their possession.

The arrested persons have been identified as Younis Manzoor son of Manzoor Ahmed Waza, Mehboob Ahmed son of Mohd Ramzan Sheikh, Irshad Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Amin Ganie of Arigam Khansahib and Muzaffar Ahmad son of Ghulam Nabi Bhat—all residents of Budgam.

The statement reads that preliminary investigation has revealed that the arrested associates were involved in providing logistic support to LeT by distributing proceeds of narcotics to active militants and operatives of the outfit.

“Investigations also revealed that the module has been working on the directions of militant operatives for collection of narcotics and subsequently distributing the proceeds of narcotics among the militants,” it reads.

As per the statement, five vehicles have also been seized which have been purchased from the proceeds of narcotics sales with the intention of keeping the money and proceeds safe.

It added that these vehicles were set to be sold on the directions of active militants and operatives as and when money was required by the militants.

“Besides, incriminating material, explosive substance including three grenades, two AK-Magazines and 65 rounds of AK-47 were also recovered from their possession,” it reads.

It added that accordingly, a case FIR number 116/ 2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered at police station Chadoora and further investigation is in progress—(KNO)

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