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J&K police search 12 locations after LeT threat to journalists

J&K police search 12 locations after LeT threat to journalists
SRINAGAR: J&K police searched Saturday a dozen locations in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam districts following threats to several Kashmiri journalists and media houses by The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and its shadow outfit The Resistance Force.
The police had on November 12 filed a case against LeT and TRF terrorists for sending threat letters to journalists in Kashmir. TRF had also issued an online threat to a few media houses in the Valley for their “traitorous” acts and “nexus with fascist Indian regime”. Several journalists had resigned after the threats.
Turkiye-based terrorist Mukhtar Baba and six of his contacts in J&K are suspected to be behind the threats. A police spokesperson said houses of Baba, 55, and another fugitive named Sajjad Gul and other suspects were searched.
Baba used to work for newspapers in Kashmir and has allegedly built a network of journalist-informers. He used their inputs to prepare a list of scribes to threaten. A resident of Srinagar neighbourhood Nowgam in the 1990s, he is believed to have escaped to Turkiye.
Baba often visits Pakistan and is known to be the brain behind radicalising and recruiting youngsters in the Valley to join TRF. He is suspected to be in touch with six associates in the Valley, and two of them have been identified.
In Srinagar, police said, the premises of Baba, Sajjad Gul, Mohammad Rafi, Rashid Maqbool, Momin Gulzar, Sajjad Kralyari, Gowhar Geelani, Waseem Khalid and Adil Pandit were searched. Police teams went to the houses of Khalid Gul and Qazi Shibli in Anantnag and Basit Dar’s in Kulgam.
“Some suspects were questioned, while mobiles, laptops, memory cards, pen-drives and other digital devices, documents, bank papers, rubber stamps, passports, foreign currency notes etc were seized for examination,” an officer said.
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