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SIA carries search at multiple locations in Kashmir in militancy case, recovers Rs 29 lakh cash

Syed Ali Geelani’s house among three JeI properties seized in Srinagar
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SRINAGAR:  State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Saturday said it carried out raids at multiple locations in Kashmir Valley in connection with an alleged militant funding case and recovered Rs 29 lakh cash.

SIA in a statement said, “Continuing to rein in the networks of (militant) outfits with a purpose of destroying its ecosystems completely, State Investigation Agency, Kashmir conducted searches at multiple locations across Kashmir valley”.

It said houses and premises of suspects in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Srinagar and Budgam were searched in compliance with a search warrant obtained from the Court of Special Judge, Designated under NIA Act (TADA/POTA) Srinagar in connection with an investigation of case (FIR No. 20/2022) u/s 13, 17, 18, 39, 40 UA (P) Act, 120-B IPC registered in Police Station CIK (SIA) Kashmir, the statement reads.

“The case pertains to members of the proscribed (militant) organization (Al-Badar) based in Pakistan who with active support and connivance of Pakistani agencies, are hostile to India, under a well-knit criminal conspiracy with some identified person(s)/OGW(s) of the proscribed (militant) organization(s) in the valley are raising funds for the furtherance of (militant) activities in J&K”, it added.

The SIA claims that the money so raised is passed on or transferred through “financial markets or through unregulated channels/through cash couriers.”

In furtherance to this nexus, the SIA said, the network so created has successfully infringed upon various persons of varied backgrounds either with or without their knowledge to act as cash carriers. “As a part of this conspiracy, (militant) funding modules have created many sleeper cells/OGW(s) in different parts of Kashmir valley who are facilitating passing on money to various (militant) organization(s) in J&K, through banks/unregulated channels/ cash couriers.”

The money so received by the militant organization (s) J&K, the SIA said, is not only used for furthering militancy, unlawful or illegal activities but is also given to OGW(s) to “motivate youth to join militant ranks and sustaining of a militant ecosystem with an ulterior goal of secession of the J&K from Union of India.”

During the searches, the SIA said, huge cash of Rs 29 lakh was recovered and seized alongwith passbooks, chequebooks and digital devices like mobile phones and other articles having bearing on the investigation. “Analysis of the data would follow and leads that would emerge would become the basis for further investigation,” the SIA said, adding, “It is pertinent to mention here that the searches are aimed at dismantling the (militant) ecosystem in the valley by identifying over ground workers supporting and abetting (militancy)”, the statement reads.


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