Srinagar, Feb 26: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted raids in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district in connection with the Ban toll plaza encounter case.
As per reports, NIA conducted raids at several houses including the residential places of militants. The house of top Jaish-e-Muhammad commander Zahid Ahmad Wani in Karimabad Pulwama was also raided Wednesday morning.
NIA also conducted a raid at the house of Sameer Ahmad Dar of Gundibagh Kakapora who was a driver by profession and was arrested during Nagrota encounter. Sameer is the cousin of slain militant Aadil Ahmad, who carried out a deadly suicide attack at Lethpora Pulwama in which 40 CRPF men were killed.
The raids are taking place nearly a month after the NIA started investigating the Nagrota encounter case.
On January 31, three militants were killed and a policeman sustained injures in an encounter after the truck they were travelling in was intercepted by the police at a toll plaza on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
The driver of the truck transporting three foreign militants which was intercepted by police at Nagrota was identified as Sameer Dar, a resident of Pulwama, the cousin of Pulwama suicide bomber Adil Dar.
Three overground workers of militants including the driver and conductor were arrested.
After the encounter got over a large quantity of arms and ammunition including wireless sets and US made M4 carbine were recovered from the possession of slain militants.