NIA registers case against Lashkar-e-Mustafa chief

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National Investigation Agency

on Tuesday registered a case against Hidayatullah


, self-styled commander of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, on charges of running a

terror organisation

at the behest of


to carry out terror activities in Jammu and threaten national security.
An ‘A’ category terrorist, Malik was arrested from Jammu’s outskirts on February 6 with a pistol and grenade. The Shopian native, who was earlier involved in several terror crimes in


— including robbing Rs 60 lakh from a bank in November last year — had told police he was planning to carry out a terror strike in Jammu.
“A case in this connection was registered on February 6 at Jammu’s Gangyal PS under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The NIA on Tuesday re-registered a case and took over the investigation,” said an NIA spokesperson.
Based on further information obtained from Malik, the agency raided several places and recovered a hand grenade, three magazines and 28 rounds of ammunition along with other incrimination material, said the spokesperson. Malik had done recces of numerous security installations in Jammu and Delhi in 2018 and 2019 for carrying out terror attacks. He had been associated with other terror organisations in the past and furthered subversive activities in

Kashmir Valley

, the spokesperson added.

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