SIU raids eight places in Kupwara: Police

'The terrorists have crossed LoC illegally and are affiliated with banned terrorist organisations like HM, LeT and JeM'
SIU raids in Kupwara
SIU raids in Kupwara

Kupwara,  Jan 05: The State Investigation Unit(SIU) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday conducted raids at multiple locations in Kupwara district in connection with a case regarding terrorist activities in the area. 

The agency said that the raids were carried out in a case under investigation of Police Station Kupwara registered vide FIR number 276/2022 under sections 120-B, 121, 121-A, 122,123 IPC & sections 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, 40 of UA(P) Act. 

In a statement, SSP Kupwara Yougal Manhas said that the crackdown on terrorist elements operating within the district and those from Pakistan is a step towards dismantling of terror ecosystem working in the valley. 

"The searches were conducted in the residential houses of suspected relatives of some eight (8) terrorists who have crossed LoC illegally and joined terrorist ranks and are affiliated with banned terrorist organisations like HM, LeT and JeM etc, " he said. 

As per initial investigations, these terrorists have been found involved in actively conspiring and facilitating infiltration of terrorists, supplying of arms and ammunition in addition to using of cyber space in allegedly 'radicalising Kashmiri youths to join terrorist ranks besides raising funds for terrorists activities.'

"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 evidences 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," the statement said. 

With the investigation at its initial stages, more searches shall be carried in due course of time.

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