SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday raided several places in the Kashmir Valley and arrested two ‘operatives’ of The Resistance Front (TRF), considered a shadow outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, which has claimed responsibility for a flurry of targeted civilian killings.
An NIA spokesperson said searches were conducted at seven places in Kulgam, Srinagar and Baramulla districts with the help of CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police.
A case was initially registered at Bahu Qila police station in connection with the recovery of an IED from a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist in Bathindi, Jammu on June 27 for indulging in terrorist acts in the Union Territory.
The NIA had re-registered the case and arrested three terrorists.
The spokesman said 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.
The spokesman said that during the searches, two TRF members, Tauseef Ahmed Wani from Baramulla in North Kashmir and Faiz Ahmed Khan from Wampora in Anantnag in South Kashmir, were arrested for their involvement in the conspiracy.