In a major crackdown after civilian killings, 100s arrested

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/12/2021 11:15:38 AM

SRINAGAR, Oct 11: Hundreds of people have been detained in Jammu and Kashmir in response to the killing of seven civilians, including those from the Kashmiri minority communities, last week.
Officials said that several of those detained are believed to have links to the banned Jamaat-e-Islami or are suspected overground workers (OGWs).
NDTV quoted a senior police officer as saying that they had been detained to "break the chain of attacks in the (Kashmir) Valley". The officer also said the “attacks may have been fuelled by an increase in radicalism following the Taliban's rise to power, and that the killers were going after easy targets”.
According to a report by Kashmirwall, 900 people have been detained in an intensified crackdown following the recent surge in civilian killings in the Valley.
It reported that till Saturday, around 70 youth have been detained in Srinagar – the capital city that witnessed six civilian killings in a week, 45 in Ganderbal, 46 in south Kashmir that include 40 youth belonging to Shopian only. Similarly, in Kralpora and its adjoining area in Budgam district around 20 to 30 people have been detained in the past one week. However, in the last two days more people have been detained or questioned.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), who are part of the investigation into the murder of school principal Supinder Kour and teacher Deepak Chand, have summoned over 40 government teachers.
An official source said that the teachers that have been called for investigation include one each from Boys Middle School (BMS) Khoja Bagh, Middle School (MS) Khimber, BMS Peth Batpora, BMS Fisherman Colony, Boys Primary School (BPS) Shoor, BMS Handom Mohalla, MS Gnaia Mohalla Gulab Bagh, MPs Gasoo, BMS Doji Mohalla, Girls Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Shalimar, BHS Baghe Dedmari, BHS Zoonimar, GMS Nadiyar, Primary School (PS) Gandabal, PS Herpora Soiteng, BMS Soiteng, GMS Basant Bagh, BMS Athwajan and BMS Rajbagh; two each from BMS Dara Faqir Gujri, BMS Burzahama and 3 from Boys Higher Secondary School (BHSS) Nawa Kadal, GHSS Nawa Kadal, BHSS Sangam, BHS Bakhshipora, BHS Takunwaripora and Boys Higher Secondary School (BHSS) Palpora, the report mentioned.
According to an official handout, the NIA on Sunday conducted multiple raids in Jammu and Kashmir and arrested two operatives of The Resistance Front (TRF), considered a shadow outfit of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, which has claimed responsibility for a spate of targeted civilian killings.
An NIA spokesperson said that the searches were carried with the assistance of CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police at seven locations in Kulgam, Srinagar and Baramulla districts.
“Investigation has revealed that Pakistan-based handlers of LeT and their associates based in Jammu and Kashmir had conspired to cause extensive terror activities for harming the public,” the spokesperson said.
They had planned that responsibility for the terrorist acts would be taken by the pseudo-acronym TRF to maintain plausible deniability and evade law enforcement agencies.
During the searches, many digital devices, including mobiles, pen drives, data storage devices and other incriminating materials were recovered, the spokesperson said.
During the course of the searches, two TRF operatives, Tawseef Ahmed Wani from Baramulla in North Kashmir and Faiz Ahmed Khan from Wampora in Anantnag of South Kashmir, were arrested for their involvement in the conspiracy, the spokesperson added.



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