NIA Carries Out Raids In South Kashmir’s Awantipora

Srinagar- The National Investigation Agency on Thursday carried out raids at Awantipora residence of a man arrested in April this year.

Official sources said that a team of NIA carried the raids in Khandaypora area Awantipora in Pulwama district and searched the house of the man, Hilal Ahmad Wagay (truck driver), reported news agency GNS.

Wagay was claimed to have been arrested with Rs 29 lakh cash, by Punjab Police in Amritsar in April this year. The case was taken over by the NIA.

Subsequently, NIA claimed links between Wagay and Ranjit Singh, a notorious narco-militant, who was arrested from Sirsa area of Haryana in May this year. The NIA had registered a case in June last year and filed the first charge sheet against 15 people, including Singh, and four companies, in December the same year.

The NIA spokesman had said in the statement that an investigation into a drug case had led to the fact that Pakistan-based organisations were using narcotic trade to generate funds.

The proceeds of narcotic trade are transferred to Kashmir through couriers and hawala channel ., it had said.

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