SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operative for his involvement in a conspiracy case in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a statement, the arrest comes as part of the crackdown by the NIA against the conspiracies being hatched by proscribed militant organizations based across the border to destabilize India through militant attacks in J&K.

The statement reads that the accused, identified as Mohd Ubaid Malik of Kupwara district, was in constant touch with a Pakistan-based JeM Commander, according to NIA investigations in the case.

“Investigations have revealed that the accused was passing on secret information, especially regarding the movement of troops and security forces, to the Pakistan-based Commander,” it reads.

The NIA also recovered various incriminating documents from the accused’s possession, showing his involvement in the furtherance of terror activities in J&K, as per the statement.

The case (RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU) was registered by the NIA suo-moto on June 21, 2022.

“It is related to the conspiracies hatched by cadres and Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of various proscribed militant organizations in cohorts with their Commanders based in Pakistan. It involves the collection and distribution of huge consignments of narcotics, cash, weapons, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), including remote control-operated sticky bombs/magnetic bombs.”

The statement further mentions that the IEDs and explosives are often delivered via drones and are also assembled locally to execute attacks in J&K, according to NIA investigations.

“The attacks are mainly targeted at minorities and security forces personnel. The conspiracies are being hatched both physically and in cyberspace over encrypted social media applications, with the overarching aim of disturbing peace and communal harmony, engaging in terrorist acts, and waging a war against the Government of India. Further investigations in the case are ongoing,” it reads. (KNO)

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