New Delhi, Sep 30: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday conducted raids at the premises of several suspects in Poonch district in connection with Lashkar-e- Taiba attack in Dhangri village of Rajouri district, in which five civilians were killed and several injured in January this year.
According to a NIA statement, raids were conducted at five locations across Gursai village of Mendhar.
The statement reads that NIA teams made extensive searches at the locations, which were the residential premises of Overground Workers (OGWs) linked with LeT.
“Several digital devices and documents containing incriminating data and content have been seized and are being scrutinised for unravelling the conspiracy,” it reads.
It reads that two accused, Nisar Ahmed @Haji Nisar and Mushtaq Hussain, were arrested by the NIA in August this year and are currently lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail.
“Disclosures made by them, along with inputs gathered by the NIA led to today’s raids. Investigations have revealed that both the arrested accused had harboured terrorists who carried out the deadly attack. They had provided logistics support to the terrorists for more than two months and had sheltered them in a hideout that they had built,” it added.
It reads that the duo, as per the investigations, had been operating on the directions of Pakistan-based LeT handlers, namely Saifullah @ Sajid Jutt, Abu Qatal @ Qatal Sindhi and Mohd. Qasim.
“The attack case was initially registered as FIR no. 01/2023 at PS Rajouri under sections 302/ 307 /120-B/452/323 of IPC; sections 13/16/18 of UA (P) Act 1967, and sections 7/27 of Arms Act. NIA, which had taken over and re-registered the case on 13th January, is carrying out further investigations,” it further reads.