New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted raids at several places in the Kashmir Valley and arrested two ‘operatives’ of The Resistance Front (TRF). It is believed to be a shadow organization of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, which has claimed responsibility for the targeted civilian killings.
In a statement, the NIA said searches were conducted at seven places in Kulgam, Srinagar and Baramulla districts with the help of CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Two TRF activists, Tauseef Ahmed Wani from Baramulla in North Kashmir and Faiz Ahmed Khan from Wampora in South Kashmir’s Anantnag, were arrested for their involvement in the conspiracy.
A case was registered at Bahu Qila police station after an IED was recovered from a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist in Bathindi, Jammu on June 27, after he was arrested for indulging in terrorist acts in the Union Territory. The NIA re-registered the case and arrested three terrorists.
The statement said that the investigation revealed that the Pakistan-based handlers of Lashkar-e-Taiba and their associates based in Jammu and Kashmir had hatched a conspiracy to carry out wide-ranging terrorist activities to cause harm to the public.
He had planned that responsibility for terrorist acts would be taken by the pseudo-acronym TRF in order to maintain plausible denial and avoid law enforcement agencies.
Several digital devices including mobiles, pen drives, data storage devices and other incriminating material were recovered during the searches, the spokesman said.