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JK DSP case: NIA raids Sarpanch and OGWs houses in south Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 02 :  The National Investigation Agency on Sunday morning carried out searches at five places, including that of a Sarpanch, in connection with a case in which a senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer was arrested while ferrying militants outside the Valley, officials said here.

Multiple NIA teams, fanned in various parts of south Kashmir’s Kulgam and Shopian districts, carried out the searches at the residences of Rafi Ahmed Rather, an arrested militant, at Zainpora.

“The NIA teams entered into the house of Lashker-e-Taiba militant Adil Hussain and Sarpanch Tariq Ahmed Mir besides the houses of Over Ground Workers (OGWs) at Maldera in Shopian and Kulgam,” the officials said.

Some documents have been seized and these are being analysed, they said.

The NIA had taken over the case of Jammu and Kashmir’s Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh who was caught in south Kashmir while ferrying two militants out of the Valley on January 11. The DSP has since been suspended.

The searches come days after NIA officers interrogated all the accused arrested in the case.

Besides Singh, the others arrested were: Syed Naveed Mushtaq Ahmed alias Naveed Babu, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Rafi Ahmed Rather and Irfan Shafi Mir, who claims to be an advocate.

They were arrested from the Srinagar-Jammu national highway near Qazigund in south Kashmir.

Later, Naveed’s brother, Syed Irfan Ahmed, was arrested on January 23 after he was brought from Punjab.

He was in constant touch with his brother and had asked him to look for an accommodation in Chandigarh where they could escape the harsh winters months of Kashmir.

Mir, who was driving the vehicle when they were caught by police from a national highway in Kulgam district, may become a prize catch for the NIA as it is alleged he was acting “on the orders of his masters in Pakistan”.

He had visited the neighbouring country five times on an Indian passport.

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