NIA Conducts Searches At 9 Locations In JK

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency, along with the assistance of Jammu and Kashmir police, the CRPF, and the ITBP, on Sunday, conducted searches at nine locations in Poonch district at the premises of the suspected LoC traders in connection with a case registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

“The case was registered on 09.12.2016 by NIA under Section 17 of UA(P) Act, 1967. LoC Trade was started in the year 2008 as a part of a confidence-building measure between J&K and PoK. The trade was based on the barter system and third-party origin goods were not allowed,” NIA said.

The agency has said that the probe revealed that some of the traders diverted the surplus to militant organisations while others are suspected to have links/connections with proscribed militant organizations.

“The instant case is related to the large scale transfer of funds from Pakistan to India through the import of California Almonds (badam-giri) and other items via the Cross LoC Trade Facilitation Centres (TFCs) located at Salamabad, Uri, District Baramulla, and Chakkan-Da-Bag, District Poonch. These funds were purportedly being used for fomenting militancy/separatism in Jammu and Kashmir,” NIA said in a press statement.

During the searches conducted today, documents, digital devices, and other incriminating materials have been recovered from the premises of the suspects, the NIA said.

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