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Jammu, Nov 18: Cracking down on terrorist groups promoting violence and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday attached the properties of a key terror operative undergoing trial in a UA(P)A case involving seizure of arms, ammunition, explosives and narcotics.

The accused, Mohammad Yaseen, a resident of district Poonch in Jammu, is an operative of the banned terrorist organisation, Tehreek Ul Mujahideen (TuM).

The NIA spokesman said that acting on orders of the NIA Special Court, Jammu, the anti-terror agency has attached four properties belonging to Mohammad Yaseen under Section 33 (1) of UA (P) Act, 1967.

The properties are located in the accused’s village of Dhrooti (Dhabi) in Tehsil Balakot of District Poonch, it read.

The spokesman said that Yaseen was arrested on December 27, 2020, and a cache of arms, ammunitions and explosives was recovered from his possession.

He was charge-sheeted on June 24, 2021 and is currently facing trial under sections 121 A and 122 of IPC read with section 120B of IPC, Section 7/25 of Arms Act 1959, as well as Sections 3 and 4 Explosive Substances Act and Sections 13, 18 & 39 of UA (P) Act 1967.

‘The case came to light with the arrest of one Mohd. Mustafa, which led to the arrest of Mohd. Yaseen and another accused, Mohd. Farooq, along with the recovery of arms, ammunition, explosives and narcotics from their possession,” the spokesman said, adding that NIA investigations in the case subsequently exposed a conspiracy to attack religious places in Mendhar area with grenades.