The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at 14 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the 2022 terror funding case as well as detained one person for questioning from the Sozeith area of Srinagar, on May 2nd, 2023, Tuesday. The searches were conducted by NIA at almost 14 locations in six districts of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, Pulwama, Baramulla, Budgam, Anantnag, and Kathua as well as neighbouring Punjab.
Mohammad Ramzan Bhat, the father of the suspect said, “The NIA came early in the morning at 5:30 and 6:30 am. They looked for Ishaq and took him away along with his mobile phone. He works as a labourer.” He further said that we really don’t have any links or connections with the stone pelting as well as militancy. In a follow-up operation in 2022, raids were conducted at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir. The accused were also found indulged in spreading terror via cyberspace. Twelve suspects were detained during the time of investigation, who were in touch with the Pakistan-based handlers.
The NIA had also conducted searches at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir in the case which was filed based on the inputs that several proscribed terrorist outfits in the erstwhile state are spreading terrorism activities on December 23rd, 2022. The NIA had been continuously carrying out searches in Kashmir since early 2017, in connection with the alleged terror funding cases, and suicide attack cases with different agencies and questioned number of people in the past six years.
In June last year, the NIA registered a suo motu case against OGWs (terror operatives) who were working under several pseudo names on the instructions of their commanders and handlers based in Pakistan, in June 2022. In the search operation conducted last year, the anti-terror agency seized several incriminating materials such as digital devices, and sim cards from the suspect’s home.