Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested four terror associates during searches at 16 locations in Jammu and Kashmir. This comes after the 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, an official said on Wednesday.
NIA had registered the case on October 10 and initiated an investigation. Four accused namely Waseem Ahmad Sofi, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Bilal Ahmad Mir alias “Bilal Fafu” and Tariq Ahmad Bafanda, all identified as residents of Srinagar were arrested during searches carried out in Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian districts of J&K on Tuesday, a press release of the NIA said.
The NIA said preliminary investigation has revealed that the arrested accused are terror associates/Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of various proscribed terrorist organizations 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 release stated further.
The NIA has said that 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 proscribed terrorist organizations 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).
As per the release, “The terror associates/Over Ground Workers of these organizations are conspiring with their handlers and commanders based in a neighboring country and also indulging in radicalization of local youth for the purpose of recruiting and training them in handling of arms, ammunition and explosives.”
The press release further added that 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.