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NIA raids 9 locations in J-K, arrest one terrorist in LeM conspiracy case

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 31

The anti-terror federal probe agency NIA on Saturday said it has conducted searches at nine locations in Shopian, Anantnag and Jammu districts of Jammu amp; Kashmir (Jamp;K) in connection with its probe in the case relating to conspiracy by Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM) operatives.

Officials in the NIA said, the searches were conducted along with personnel of Jamp;K Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and during the exercise “many digital devices including mobile phones, hard disks, memory cards, pen drives, laptops and several booklets containing incriminating materials” have been recovered from the premises of the arrested accused and the suspects in the case.

“Subsequent to searches, one accused person Irfan Ahmed Dar, s/o Md Yakoob Dar, r/o Batingoo, Anantnag, was also arrested today in the case. Preliminary investigation has revealed that he was involved in the conspiracy of carrying out terrorist activities in collusion with other arrested accused persons,” a senior NIA official said.

The case was initially registered by Jamp;K Police in Jammu relating to the conspiracy by Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM), working at the behest of Jaish-e- Mohammed, to carry out terrorist activities in Jamp;K with an intention to threaten sovereignty, integrity and security of India.

Later on March 2, 2021 the NIA took over the case by re-registering an FIR and began probing the case, which is continuing, the officials said.

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