Today, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir. The search operation took place in connection with unauthorised trade through Line of Control (LoC), which experts cited is used to find terrorism. Several digital devices and other incriminating materials have been recovered.

In a statement, an official said that NIA with the assistance of Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), and ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police), conducted searches at nine locations in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. “The raids were conducted at the premises of the suspected LoC traders in relation to the cross-LoC trade case,” read the statement.

The present case is related to the large-scale transfer of funds from Pakistan to India through the import of California Almonds and other items via the cross LoC Trade Facilitation Centres (TFCs) located at Salamabad in Uri area of Baramulla district and Chakkan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district. The officials claimed that these funds are ‘purportedly’ used for fomenting terrorism and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the investigation revealed that some of the traders having excess imports were channelizing the surplus profit generated to terror organisations. The remaining are suspected to have links and connections with proscribed terrorist organisations.

In the year 2008, the LoC trade was started as a part of a confidence-building measure between Jammu and Kashmir and Pak Occupied Kashmir or PoK. It was based on a barter system and third-party origin goods were not allowed.