SIA conducts raids in Bathindi, Kulgam to probe involvement of arrested cop in terror funding

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Jammu: The State Investigation Agency of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday raided several locations linked to a head constable arrested on fraud charges to prove involvement of arrested policeman in terror financing, officials said.
Mohammad Ramzan, who was arrested on Tuesday, has 16 bank accounts in his name with transactions running into crores. He was also in touch with 10 foreign mobile numbers and had procured a fake passport, they said.
A team of the State Investigation Agency’s (SIA) Jammu-wing raided the houses of Ramzan and Dubai-based Abu Baker in Kulgam and the Bhatindi area of Jammu city, respectively, the officials said.
The searches are underway.
“We are investigating to see if he (Ramzan) was also involved in terror funding as he has a number of accounts with transactions running into crores,” an official said.
Denying bail to Ramzan on Tuesday, a local court observed that the police report about his 16 bank accounts with transactions of around Rs 6 crore and his contact with 10 foreign mobile numbers pointed towards the seriousness of the matter.
The police investigation has also revealed that Ramzan had visited many parts of the country, including Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Goa. He used numerous mobile applications and VPN (virtual private network) for communication purposes.
The SIA also found that Ramzan procured several PAN cards using fake documents. He also travelled abroad using the forged documents.
According to a police spokesperson, the case relates to the duping public of their hard earned money on many fake assurances , promises and also indulging in serious immoral activities having dangerous security implications for the state.
During the course of raids, search parties seized various incriminating material having direct bearing on investigation of the case viz a viz terror funding etc.
Besides, analysis of the said material would follow and leads that would emerge would become the basis for further investigation in suspected case of terror funding.
“It is pertinent to mention that the searches are aimed at dismantling the terror ecosystem across Jammu and Kashmir by identifying various over-ground workers, terror supporters and against those who are involved in facilitating unlawful activities concerning the national security”, the spokesperson said, adding that the raids are being carried out in coordination with concerned district police and district administration.

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