February 2019 News
NIA Raids Houses Of Separatists, Jaish Militants, OGWs In South Kashmir27 February 2019
Anantnag: A day after carrying out raids at the houses of senior separatist leaders in Srinagar, sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached south Kashmir's Pulwama and Anantnag districts Wednesday morning to conduct raids at as many as 11 locations. The raids today were conducted at the houses of two active militants - including the one whose car was allegedly used in the Lethpora suicide attack; three separatist leaders; and some 'Over Ground Workers' or OGWs of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit. NIA sleuths were accompanied by personnel from the Jammu and Kashmir Police as well as paramilitary CRPF, while they conducted the raids. Early Wednesday morning, the NIA team reached Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district and carried out raids in Midoora village. 'One of the houses raided belongs to Mudasir Ahmad Khan, an active Jaish militant, and another to Suraj Manzoor Malik, a Jaish OGW who is in police custody,' a police source informed Kashmir Reader. He said that Suraj Malik was picked up soon after the Pulwama attack, which the NIA is investigating. The suicide attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14 in Lethpora area of Pulwama district left 49 paramilitary personnel dead and as many injured. After the raids in Tral, the house of Sajjad Ahmad Bhat alias Afzal Guru was raided in Marhama village of Anantnag district. Bhat went into hiding soon after the Lethpora attack and later released a picture of himself carrying weapons and flanked by flags of Jaish-e-Muhammad. Sajjad has been identified as the owner of the car that was used in the Lethpora suicide car bomb attack. Later in the day, the house of separatist leader Yasmin Raja was raided in Tulbagh area of Pampore in Pulwama district. 'Houses of two other separatist leaders, Showkat Maulvi and Muhammad Shaban Dar, were also raided,' a statement issued by the NIA said. The NIA has maintained that they have laid their hands on some 'incriminating' material, 'including some diaries containing coded writing.' 'Other material including property details, documents relating to financial and monetary transactions, electronic devices, mobile phones and SIM cards was also retrieved during these raids,' the NIA statement read.