Jammu : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Tuesday said to have arrested 8th accused in the Pak-backed militant case involving the delivery of weapons through drones to militants active in Kashmir.
A team from the NIA Jammu Branch nabbed 22-year-old Zakir Hussain of district Kathua, J&K, a statement issued in Jammu on Tuesday said.
He is the 8th accused to be arrested in the case (RC-06/2022/NIA/JMU), registered by the NIA on 30th July 2022 after taking over the case from Kathua Police, the statement said.
“One of the seven accused arrested earlier had died due to cardiac arrest while in judicial custody while two Pakistan-based militant operatives are absconding. The seven arrested accused and the two absconders were earlier chargesheeted by NIA on 12th January 2023, under Sec 16, 17, 18, 18B, 20, 23, 38, 39 & 40 of UA (P) Act, 1967, sections 25(1)(a) & 25(1AA) of the Arms Act, sections 4 & 5 of the Explosive Substances Act and sections 120B, 121A & 122 of the IPC,” the statement said.
According to NIA investigations, the accused were working on the directions of their Pakistani handler, identified as Sajjad Gul.
“The accused were involved in collecting, receiving and transporting the weapons dropped through drones to militants active in the Kashmir valley. The weapons were used to commit militant attacks in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir,” the statement said.
“The local police had initially registered the case following the interception of a drone (Hexacopter) and seizure of several of rounds of UBGL / Magnetic Bombs near Dhalli area of PS Rajbagh in District Kathua,” it added.
The statement said that NIA is continuing with its investigations in the matter to unravel the bigger conspiracy of Pakistan-backed militant groups to carry out acts of terror and violence in the Kashmir valley and across India