SIU conducts raids at multiple locations in Kupwara

Srinagar, Jan 5 (FN Bureau) The State Investigation Unit of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday conducted raids at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district in connection with a case regarding terrorist activities in the area, officials said. The raids were carried out in an under investigation case of Police Station Kupwara. Police said the searches were conducted in the residential houses of suspected relatives of some eight militants who have crossed Line of Control illegally and joined militant ranks and are affiliated with banned terrorist organisations like Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. “As per initial investigations, these terrorists have been found involved in actively conspiring and facilitating infiltration of terrorists, supplying arms and ammunition in addition to using cyber space in radicalising Kashmiri youths to join terrorist ranks besides raising funds for terrorists activities,” a police officer said.

The searches were conducted at Hyhama, Kralpora, Mirnag, Lolab and Sulkoot localities of the district after search warrants were obtained from the designated Court. “During the searches, vital evidence including mobile phones and other materials have been seized which are relevant for investigation of the case for corroborating the role of these persons in perpetuation of terrorism,” he said. “ With the investigation at its initial stages, more searches shall be carried in due course of time.” “The crackdown on terrorist elements operating within the district and those from Pakistan is a step towards dismantling the terror ecosystem working in the valley,” a senior police officer said.