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Arrested ones are related to terror groups: Spokesperson

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine persons from Kashmir on the charges of terror related activities during multiple raids carried out here on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesperson of NIA said that four persons associated with terror were arrested on Tuesday during searches at several locations in Jammu and Kashmir following registration of a case to unearth a conspiracy hatched by various terror groups to carry out attacks in the Union Territory and other major cities, including New Delhi.

NIA conducted searches at 16 locations in Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian districts of J&K and arrested Waseem Ahmed Sofi r/o Chattabal Srinagar; Tariq Ahmed Dar r/o Shergarhi Srinagar; Bilal Ahmed Mir alias Bilal Fufu r/o Parimpora Srinagar and Tariq Ahmed Bafanda r/o Rajauri Kadal Srinagar in RC-29/2021/NIA/DLI, said the spokesperson.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had registered the case on October 10 and initiated an investigation.

The spokesperson said preliminary investigation has revealed that the arrested accused people are terror associates or Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of various proscribed terrorist organisations and have been providing logistical and material support to terrorists and facilitating them in their nefarious designs.

“During the searches conducted yesterday (Tuesday), several electronic devices, incriminating Jehadi (holy war) documents and records of suspicious financial transactions were seized,” the spokesperson said.

The NIA said the case pertains to information received regarding hatching of conspiracy both physically and in cyberspace for undertaking violent terrorist acts in Jammu and Kashmir and other major cities, including New Delhi, by cadres of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al Badr and similar other outfits and their affiliates such as The Resistance Front (TRF) and People Against Fascist Forces (PAFF).

“The terror associates/Over Ground Workers of these organisations are conspiring with their handlers and commanders based in a neighbouring country and also indulging in radicalisation of local youth for the purpose of recruiting and training them in handling of arms, ammunition and explosives,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said these terrorists and cadres have affected several terrorist acts, including killing of numerous innocent civilians and security personnel, and unleashing a reign of terror in the Kashmir valley, thereby challenging the writ of the state.

Meanwhile, NIA arrested five more accused persons in the same case during searches conducted on Wednesday.

The arrested persons have been identified as Md Haneef Chiralu r/o Srinagar; Hafeez r/o Budgam; Owais Dar r/o Pulwama; Mateen Bhat r/o Shopian and; Arif Farooq Bhat r/o Srinagar

NIA had registered the case as RC 29/2021/NIA/DLI) dated 10.10.2021 and initiated the investigation.

The spokesperson said that further investigation in the case continues.

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