SIA continues searches at multiple locations in terror funding case

Srinagar:

Continuing to rein in the networks of militant outfits , Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Investigation Agency (SIA) on Saturday conducted searches at multiple locations across Kashmir valley in a terror funding case.
The SIA- set up last year to investigate militancy related cases- carried out searches in the houses and premises of suspects in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Srinagar and Budgam districts of Kashmir.

“ The searches were carried in compliance to search warrant obtained from the Court of Special Judge, Designated under National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act (TADA/POTA) Srinagar.The searches were conducted in connection with 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,” a statement issued by the agency said.
It said the case pertains to members of proscribed militant organization Al Badar based in Pakistan who with active support and connivance of Pakistani agencies, hostile to India, under a well-knit criminal conspiracy with some identified person(s),overground workers of proscribed militant organization(s) in the valley were raising funds for furtherance of terrorist activities in UT of J&K

“ The money so raised is passed on/transferred through financial markets or through unregulated channels/through cash couriers. In furtherance to this nexus, the network so created have successfully infringed upon various persons of varied background either with or without their knowledge to act as cash couriers. As a part of this conspiracy, terror funding module have created many sleeper cells/OGW(s) in different parts of Kashmir valley who are facilitating passing on money to various terrorist organization (s) in UT of J&K, through banks/unregulated channels/ cash couriers,” the statement said. “ The money so received by terrorist organization (s) in UT of J&K is not only used for furthering of terrorist/unlawful/illegal activities but is also given to OGW(s) to motivate youth to join terrorist ranks and sustaining of terror ecosystem with an ulterior goal of secession of the UT of J&K from Union of India.”

The SIA said during the searches, huge cash of INR 29 lacs was recovered and seized alongwith passbooks, cheque books & 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.
“The searches are aimed at dismantling the terror ecosystem in the valley by identifying over ground workers supporting and abetting terrorism,” it added.