The NIA on Saturday arrested a suspected Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM) member and conducted search operations at 15 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with its probe into Lashkar-e-Taiba’s plans to carry out an IED explosion in Jammu city hours before the drone terror attack on the IAF station here early June 27, and LeM’s plans to carry out terror activities across the Union Territory.
The LeM is an offshoot of the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, and its chief Hidyatullah Malik was arrested in Jammu’s Kunjwani area on February 6 last year.
In a statement, NIA said the searches were carried in assistance with J&K Police and CRPF, and Irfan Ahmed Dar, who comes from Batingoo in Anantnag, was arrested in connection with the LeM conspiracy case.
It said searches were conducted at nine places in Shopian, Anantnag and Jammu districts in connection with Hidyatullah’s arrest, and at six places in Shopian and Ramban in connection with the arrest of an LeT terrorist with 5 kg IED in Bhatindi.
During searches, many digital devices were seized, the agency stated. These include laptops, mobile phones, pen drives, hard discs, memory cards, shells of used bullets, CDs, booklets containing incriminating material, besides plastic face masks used during stone-pelting, handwritten jihadi material, ID card of Al-aqsa media and others.
During his interrogation by police, Hidayatullah had said that he had conducted reconnaissance of the Delhi office of National…