The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted raids at multiple locations in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab in connection with a terror related matter in which Pakistan-based handlers were using their Indian agents to provoke the youths to join terrorist outfits.
Searches were conducted at 11 locations belonging to the above suspects across J&K in the districts of Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, and one location in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.
Digital devices and incriminating material were seized from these locations.
A senior NIA official said that in June 2022, they registered a suo moto case against OGWs and cadres of various proscribed outfits and their affiliates, who were operating under various pseudo names on the commands of their Pakistani commanders.
In follow-up operations in 2022, searches were conducted at 14 locations in six districts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama, Anantnag, Budgam and Kathua.
"The case relates to a terror conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based commanders of proscribed terrorist organisations to radicalize youth of J&K and target members of minority communities, security personnel and religious events. The accused were also found involved in spreading terror in J&K over cyber space," the official said.
During investigations, 12 suspects were identified who were in touch with different Pakistan-based handlers.
Further investigation in the case is on.
(With inputs from IANS)