Weapon recovery case : NIA attaches house of ‘key conspirator’ in Srinagar

Srinagar, Jan 6 (UNI) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday attached the house of a ‘key conspirator’ here in the weapon recovery case of 2022.

The property of accused Aamir Mushtaq Ganaie, identified as one of the masterminds in the case RC -4/22/NIA/JMU, was attached today as ‘proceeds of terrorism’ by an NIA team in Chanapore area of Srinagar.

NIA spokesperson said the accused had used the proceeds of terror for conspiring and committing terror crimes against the nation.

On May 23, 2022 J&K Police arrested two hybrid militants of “The Resistance Front”, a shadow group of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Chanapora area of Srinagar and recovered 15 pistols from their possession.

The case was initially registered by the J&K police and was later taken over by the NIA to widen the investigations.

According to NIA investigations, Ganaie and his associates were cadres of TRF/LeT and were associated with their Pakistan-based handlers, operatives, and commanders.

The case was part of a larger conspiracy relating to drone dropping of weapons and money by a Pakistan-based module operating in J&K, investigations have revealed.

The main kingpin of this drone dropping, namely Faisal Muneer, was earlier arrested and chargesheeted by NIA, which found him to be involved in receiving weapons consignments sent from across the border by one Sajjad Gul alias Hamza, the spokesperson said.

“After receiving these weapons, Faisal used to deliver them in Srinagar to Amir Mushtaq Ganaie, who further distributed them to active cadres, terrorists of TRF/LeT for the purpose of carrying out targeted killings in J&K with the aim of spreading terror among the people,” NIA said, adding “the accused were also engaged in radicalizing, motivating and instigating vulnerable youth to join TRF/LeT and other terror outfits in Kashmir.”

Besides arms and ammunition, NIA investigators had recovered several incriminating materials, including chats about terror funds, from the mobile phones of the accused persons.

NIA has established that the accused had been carrying out terrorist activities for a long time, thereby threatening the security, integrity and sovereignty of India.

The NIA intends to intensify its efforts to dismantle all terror networks and demolish their support infrastructure by attaching and seizing their properties in the coming days, the spokesperson said.

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