NIA carries raids in south Kashmir in narco-militancy case

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday carried raids at Awantipora residence of a man arrested in April this year.

Unnamed official sources told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS), that an NIA team carried the raids in Khandaypora area Awantipora in Pulwama district and searched the house of the man, Hilal Ahmad Wagay, who is a truck driver by profession.

Mr. Wagay was claimed to have been arrested with 29 lakh rupees cash, by Punjab Police in Amritsar in April this year. The case was taken over by the NIA.

Subsequently, the NIA claimed links between Mr. Wagay and Ranjit Singh, a notorious narco-militant, who was arrested from Sirsa area of Haryana in May this year. The NIA had registered a case in June last year and filed the first charge sheet against fifteen people, including Mr. Singh, and four companies, in December the same year.

The NIA spokesman had said in the statement that an investigation into a drug case had led to the fact that Pakistan-based militant organisations were using narcotic trade to generate funds for militant activities in India.

The proceeds of narcotic trade are transferred to Kashmir through couriers and hawala channel for militancy purposes, it had said. (GNS)

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