NIA, J&K, searches, terrorist groups
Officials searched the houses of suspects at locations in Anantnag, Shopian, Budgam, Srinagar, Poonch, Baramulla, and Rajouri, officials said. (Image: @life_soldiers47 / Twitter)

J&K: NIA searches 15 places in connection with terror conspiracy

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday (May 9) searched 15 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with a Pakistan-backed terror conspiracy aimed at fomenting communal trouble in the region.

Officials searched the houses of suspects at four locations in Anantnag, three in Shopian, two each in Budgam, Srinagar, and Poonch, as well as one place each in Baramulla and Rajouri, officials said.

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The case, filed last year, relates to a conspiracy, both physical and in cyberspace, and plans by proscribed terrorist outfits to execute violent attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms.

This was meant to create communal disharmony in Kashmir, the official said.

Terror groups

According to NIA, the terror outfits involved in the conspiracy were Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Al-Badr, and Al Qaeda, besides their offshoots such as The Resistance Front, United Liberation Front Jammu and Kashmir, Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind, Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters, Kashmir Tigers, and People’s Anti-Fascist Front.

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NIA investigations indicated that the workers and cadre of the outfits were involved in the collection and distribution of sticky or magnetic bombs, IEDs, cash, narcotics, and small weapons.

These weapons were being pushed into India by Pakistan-based handlers and commanders of terrorist groups using drones in Kashmir.

(With agency inputs)

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