Continuing its campaign against terror, the National Investigation Agency conducted searches at 11 places on Wednesday, including the homes of two confidants of late extremist Syed Ali Shah Geelani. During the raids, the NIA seized mobile phones, memory cards, bank passbooks, terrorist literature and other incriminating material and arrested four people. A total of 13 accused have been arrested in this case so far.
An NIA spokesperson said that the terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al-Badr, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen had planned large-scale subversive activities in different parts of the country. The NIA detected this conspiracy in time and foiled it. A case was registered in New Delhi on October 10, and an investigation was started to trace and catch all the anti-nationals, terrorists and their supporters involved in this and destroy the entire network. On 12 and 13 October, nine terrorists and their supporters were also arrested while conducting searches at various places in Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesman said that the NIA had prepared 15 teams on Wednesday to carry out this operation from morning till afternoon. A joint working group of police and CRPF personnel was also deployed with each squad. As part of this operation, which ran from Kulgam in South Kashmir to Sopore in North Kashmir, searches have been conducted at four places in Srinagar, two each in Baramulla and Awantipora, one each in Pulwama, Sopore and Kulgam.
Those whose houses were raided include Arif Manzoor Shaikh of Fatehgarh in Baramulla and Abdul Rashid Rather of Adura in Baramulla. Both are considered senior activists of the radical Hurriyat Conference, and both were loyalists of the late radical Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Searches were also conducted at the houses of Fahad Ali Wani in Hamdania Colony in Channapora of Srinagar and Furqan Imran Khan in Housing Colony Bagh Mahtab. Rasheed Ahmed Butt’s house in Tibetan Colony was also searched and investigated.