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SIU raids 8 places in Kupwara: Police

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Kupwara: The State Investigation Unit (SIU) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday conducted raids at multiple locations in Kupwara district in connection with a case regarding terrorist activities in the area.
The agency said that the raids were carried out in a case under investigation of Police Station Kupwara registered vide FIR no. 276/2022 under sections 120-B, 121, 121-A, 122,123 IPC & sections 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, 40 of UA(P) Act.
In a statement, SSP Kupwara Yougal Manhas said that “the crackdown on terrorist elements operating within the district and those from Pakistan is a step towards dismantling the terror ecosystem working in the valley”.
“The searches were conducted in the residential houses of suspected relatives of some eight (8) terrorists who have crossed LoC illegally and joined terrorist ranks and are affiliated with banned terrorist organisations like HM, LeT and JeM, etc,” he said.
As per initial investigations, “these terrorists have been found involved in actively conspiring and facilitating infiltration of terrorists, supplying arms and ammunition in addition to using cyberspace in allegedly radicalizing Kashmiri youths to join terrorist ranks besides raising funds for terrorist activities.”
The searches were conducted at Hyhama, Kralpora, Mirnag, Lolab and Sulkoot localities of the district after search warrants were obtained from the designated court.
“During the searches, vital evidence including mobile phones and other materials have been seized which are relevant for investigation of the case for corroborating the role of these persons in the perpetuation of terrorism,” the statement said.
With the investigation at its initial stages, more searches shall be carried in due course of time, the statement added.

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