Mobile phones, electronic gadgets and other articles seized
Srinagar: The State Investigation Agency (SIA), Kashmir on Thursday conducted searches in a militancy-linked case at multiple locations at houses and premises of suspects in districts of Bandipora, Shopian, Srinagar, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kupwara and Kisthwar.
According to the SIA, the raids were carried out in connection with case FIR No 16/2022 under UA(P) Act and IPC Sections 120-B, 121 registered at Police Station CIK (SIA) Kashmir. The case, the SIA said, pertains to handlers of militants and “secessionist” organisation(s) “sitting / operating from across the border hatching a criminal conspiracy with members of (militant) organization(s) operating in J&K, having created new modules of OGW(s) for aiding / abetting / assisting / harbouring and providing variety of logistic support to (militants)/ secessionist organization(s), with intention to further (militant) and unlawful activities in J&K.”
The SIA said these modules of OGW(s) have been created “not only for providing variety of support to (militant) organisation(s) but also to fight a proxy war in J&K with a larger objective of secession of J&K from Union of India by waging war against government of India /UT”.
The modules, it said, are in continuous touch with handlers and members of militant organization(s) across the border. “Amongst other modes of communication, it is learnt that encrypted internet messaging platforms, besides other software applications are being used,” it said.
During the searches today, the SIA claimed that incriminating material, mobile phones, electronic gadgets and other articles having bearing on the investigation have been recovered and seized.
“Analysis of the data would follow and leads that would emerge would become the basis for further investigation,” it said, adding, “It is pertinent to mention here that the investigation is aimed at dismantling the (militant) ecosystem in the UT by not only identifying over ground workers (OGW’s) supporting and abetting (militancy) but by ensuring legal action as envisaged by the law of the land.”