Srinagar, Oct 13: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested four persons in connection with militancy acts in Kashmir Valley.

In a statement issued here, NIA said that its sleuths conducted searches at multiple locations in J&K and arrested four accused persons in J&K.

“Yesterday (12.10.2021), NIA conducted searches at 16 locations in Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian districts of J&K and arrested four accused,” it said.

Waseem Ahmed Sofi of Chattabal Srinagar, Tariq Ahmed Dar of Shergarhi Srinagar, Bilal Ahmed Mir alias Bilal Fufu  of Parimpora Srinagar and Tariq Ahmed Bafanda of Rajauri Kadal Srinagar.

“The case pertains to information received regarding hatching of conspiracy both physically and in cyberspace for undertaking violent (militant) acts in J&K and other major cities including New Delhi,   by cadres of Laskhar-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), People Against Fascist Forces (PAFF) etc.”

The NIA claimed that the associates/OGWs of these organisations 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.”

“These (militants) and cadres have effected several acts  including killings of numerous innocent civilians and security personnel, thereby challenging the writ of the state,” statement said, adding, “Accordingly, NIA had registered the case as RC 29/2021/NIA/DLI) dated 10.10.2021 and initiated the investigation.”

The NIA said during the searches conducted yesterday several electronic devices, “incriminating jehadi documents, records of suspicious financial transactions were seized.”

“Preliminary investigation has revealed that arrested accused persons are (militant) associates/OGWs of various (militant) organisations and have been providing logistical and material support to (militants) and facilitating them in their nefarious designs,” NIA said, adding, “ Further investigation in the case continues.”

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