The NIA (National Investigation Agency) on Wednesday, conducted raids at the establishments of 2 JeM terrorists namely Mudassir Ahmad Khan and Sajjad Bhat, from South Kashmir.This terrorists considerably played key roles in the Pulwama attack.
As sources say that Mudassir Khan is a senior JeM member who worked closely with the perpetrators in executing the deadly suicide attack on CRPF convoy on 14th February.
Previously, TOI reported that Mudassir was being looked by security forces in connection with the Pulwama conspiracy.
The Maruti Eeco Van, used in the attack was bought by Sajjad Bhat, NIA identified. It was bought by him 10 days before attack. Maruti Suzuki experts helped the agencies, using the Chassis number, in identifying the car.
It was sold to one Jaleel Haqqani in 2011 and had been ‘resold’ seven times before final purchase by Sajjad Bhat.
On Wednesday, the NIA teams also conducted raids into the house of On Ground Workers(OGW) of JeM in the Valley. The NIA discovered incriminating materials including diaries and coded writings in the raids in Tral, Awantipora and Pulwama areas of South Kashmir.
Apart from the JeM terrorists and OGWs, the NIA also conducted raids into the houses of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yaseen Malik and many others, in which they discovered several high end communication devices and gadgets in the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The searches in Mirawaiz Umar Farooq’s residence was conducted in a case connected to alleged ‘money laundering’ via the hawala channel.
Officials claimed to have recovered documents related to terror funding, coded messages, property details, documents relating to financial and monetary transactions, electronic devices, mobile phones, sim cards etc from the separatist’s residence.
NIA teams recovered incriminating documents including property papers, financial transactions receipts and bank account details. Electronic devices including laptops, e-tablets, mobile phones, pen drives, communication system and DVRs were also seized during the searches.
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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also barred from holding a press conference after the conducted raids.
The Valley again, evidenced clashes between security forces and the separatist’s supporters after the raids and many of their detentions.