NIA carries out raids in south Kashmir’s Awantipora
Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday carried out raids at the Awantipora residence of a man arrested in April this year.
Local news agency GNS quoted official sources as saying that a team of NIA carried out the raids in Khandaypora area of Awantipora in Pulwama district and searched the house of the truck-driver, Hilal Ahmad Wagay.
Wagay was arrested with Rs 29 lakh cash by Punjab Police in Amritsar in April this year, officials had claimed. The case was taken over by the NIA.
Subsequently, NIA claimed links between 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 15 people, including 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.