Srinagar: Even as the J&K Police claimed that it was competent enough to tackle militancy, the BJP on Friday said the proposed offices of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in the state were “as important as police stations”.
BJP spokesperson Khalid Jehangir said having the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir would help in investigating hawala and money laundering cases, while also seeking audit of the pro-freedom leadership’s assets.
“We welcome the setting up of offices by the NIA in J&K. The offices of NIA are as important as police stations to fight Pakistan- sponsored terrorism in Kashmir in a better and professional way,” Jehangir said.
He also said that the pro-freedom leadership’s objection on the NIA setting up base in the state was actually a result of their frustration that their “illegally accumulated assets” might be audited. “I urge the NIA to investigate the assets created by separatists and anti-national elements in J&K,” he said.