SIU SEARCHES MULTIPLE LOCATIONS IN KUPWARA | They were using cyberspace to radicalise youth to join terror ranks: Police

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Kupwara: The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of J&K Police Thursday conducted raids at multiple locations in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in connection with a case regarding terrorist activities in the area.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara, Yougal Manhas told Greater Kashmir that the crackdown on terrorist elements operating within the district and those from Pakistan was a step towards dismantling the terror ecosystem in Kashmir.

The searches were conducted in the residential houses of suspected relatives of eight terrorists who illegally crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and joined terrorist ranks and are affiliated with banned terrorist organisations including Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

“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 cyberspace in radicalising Kashmiri youths to join terrorist ranks besides raising funds for terrorists activities,” the SSP said.

He said that 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 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,” the SSP said.

He said that more searches could not be ruled out as the investigation proceeds.

Police have been instrumental in nabbing those who were involved in narco-terrorism.

As per official details, over 50 persons were arrested in 2022 and 33 persons involved in drug smuggling were slapped with the Public Safety Act (PSA).

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