Srinagar, Nov 17: Cracking down further on terrorist groups promoting violence and terror in Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Friday attached the properties of a key terror operative undergoing trial in a UA (P)A case involving the seizure of arms, ammunition, explosives, and narcotics.
The NIA officials said that the accused, Muhammad Yaseen of district Poonch in Jammu is an operative of the banned terrorist organisation, Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM).
“Acting on orders of the NIA Special Court, Jammu, the anti-terror agency has attached four properties belonging to Muhammad Yaseen under Section 33 (1) of UA (P) Act, 1967, in the case RC-02/2021/NIA/JMU. The properties are located in the accused’s village of Dhrooti (Dhabi) in tehsil Balakot of Poonch district,” they said.
The NIA officials said that Yaseen was arrested on December 27, 2020, and a cache of arms, ammunition and explosives was recovered from his possession.
“He was chargesheeted on June 24, 2021, and is currently facing trial under Sections 121 A and 122 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 120B of the IPC, Section 7/25 of Arms Act 1959, as well as Sections 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substances Act and Sections 13, 18 and 39 of the UA (P) Act 1967,” they said.
“The case came to light with the arrest of one Muhammad Mustafa, which led to the arrest of Muhammad Yaseen and another accused, Muhammad Farooq, along with the recovery of arms, ammunition, explosives, and narcotics from their possession,” the agency officials said. “The NIA investigations in the case subsequently exposed a conspiracy to attack religious places in Mendhar area with grenades.”