Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday registered a case related to the ‘conspiracy’ by militant organisation Lashkar-e-Mustafa, working at the behest of Jaish-e-Mohammed, to carry out militant activities in Jammu area.
As per an official statement, the case has been registered against Lashkar-e-Mustafa, which is a front of JeM. It said the militant outfit was working for JeM “with the aim of threatening the sovereignty, integrity and security of India”.
Pertinently, the case has been registered some three weeks after the arrest of Lashkar-e-Mustafa chief, Hidayatullah Malik, from Jammu. Malik was arrested on February 6 by government forces.
“The case was initially registered as FIR number 16/2021 of Gangyal Police station, District Jammu, on 06.02.2021 under section 18, 20 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. NIA has re-registered this case as RC-01/2021/NIA/JMU on 02.03.2021 and has taken over the investigation,” read the official statement.
“The arrested accused Hidayat-Ullah Malik is the chief of Lashkar-e-Mustafa. During searches conducted, one hand grenade, 03 magazines and 28 rounds with other incriminating material were recovered from his possession. Hidayat-Ullah Malik had done reconnaissance of many security installations in Jammu and Delhi in 2018 and 2019 for carrying out militant attacks,” the statement read.
In addition to this, he has been associated with other militant groups in past and has “furthered subversive and terror activities in Kashmir valley”.
“The militant group had also committed a daylight bank robbery in which Sixty (60) Lakh Rupees were looted from JK Bank, Main Branch Shopian, in November 2020,” read the official statement.
Meanwhile, further investigation into the case is underway. (KNT)
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