The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday carried out extensive searches at multiple locations in nine districts across Jammu and Kashmir and seized “incriminating documents and digital devices with incriminating content” in connection with two cases relating to terror funding and Jamat-e-Islami, according to the agency.
“Extensive searches were conducted in Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Awantipora, Anantnag, Handwara, Kupwara and Poonch districts relating to members of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and overground workers involved in conspiracies hatched by proscribed militant organisations and their affiliates,“ the NIA said in a statement.
The searches “also focused on J&K Militant Funding Case, registered suo moto by the agency on 5th February 2021,” the agency stated.
“A large number of incriminating documents and digital devices with incriminating contents have been seized during these searches and are being scrutinized to track further links of the suspects,” the release stated. “The militancy funding case pertains to the collection of funds by JeI (J&K) ostensibly for charitable purposes but has been using them instead for promotion of militant activities by proscribed militant organisations, such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), etc.”
Over the last month, the NIA has been carrying out searches in different parts of the UT. Recently, it raided multiple locations in a case related to newly floated militant outfits such as The Resistance Front (TRF) and People’s Anti Fascist Front (PAFF), which security agencies say are shadow groups of LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad.