SIU raids houses of 5 ‘militants’ operating from Pak in Kishtwar

Kishtwar: The Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday raided five terrorists’ houses in Kishtwar district in connection with a terror support and militant funding case, a senior official said.

The houses belonged to terrorists who are operating from Pakistan and are engaged in revival of militancy in the region, he said.

“After obtaining search warrants from NIA Court, Jammu, in Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case, houses of five militants, who are presently operating from Pakistan and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, were searched in various locations,” Kishtwar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Khalil Poswal said.

Five SIU teams along with police carried out the raids, he said.

The SSP said the evidence found in the searches will be used to indict the targets’ role in engaging in anti-national activities and perpetuating acts of militancy.

The SIU is raiding the houses of Shahnawaz alias Nayeem of Chirool Padyarna, Nayeem Ahmed alias Amir alias Gazi of Jamia Masjid, Mohammad Iqbal alias Bilal of Kichloo Market, Shahnawaz Kanth alias Munna alias Umer of Hullar Kishtwar, and Javid Hussain Giri alias Muzamil of Kundali Pochal, he said.

A special NIA court in Jammu had on April 26 issued non-bailable warrants against 23 militants from Kishtwar operating from across the border.

Earlier, non-bailable warrants were issued against 13 militants.

“Thirty-six individuals from Kishtwar went to Pakistan after joining militancy over a period of time. Subsequently, two FIRs were registered against them,” Poswal said.–(PTI)

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