On Sunday, officials said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested two more people in connection with its ongoing investigations into a terrorist plot case in Jammu and Kashmir. The new arrests bring the number of people arrested from various parts of Kashmir in connection with the case to 25 in nearly three weeks.
An agency spokesman said Ashfaq Ahmed Wani of Srinagar and Omar Bhatt of Subur in Baramulla district were arrested during searches by the National Intelligence Agency on Saturday. The preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects are terrorist accomplices/OGWs (Overground Workers) of various banned terrorist organizations and provide logistical and material support to the terrorists, the spokesperson said.
On October 10, the National Intelligence Agency registered the case regarding a plot to carry out violent terrorist acts in Jammu and Kashmir and other major cities by cadres of terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizb. The Mujahideen, Al-Badr and their followers represented the resistance front and the people against the fascist forces. Three days after the case was registered, the National Intelligence Agency conducted searches at 18 locations in the Kashmir Valley and arrested nine terrorist accomplices. Four others were arrested during searches at 11 locations on 20 October.
On October 22, eight other terrorist operatives were arrested during searches at 10 locations, while two more were arrested on October 29.