Fight against terrorism, NIA to deal with OGW in J&K
New Delhi : The Over Ground Workers (OGWs) helping terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir are a cause for concern. To deal with them, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has set up a special cell in Jammu and Kashmir. This step will further strengthen India’s fight against terrorism. A senior official aware of the developments said, “OGW is becoming a major concern in our fight against Pakistan-backed terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The establishment of such a special unit will definitely help the security agencies to deal with this issue.
Following the instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), a special unit of the NIA was set up to deal with OGWs. Recently OGWs have become a major cause of concern for security agencies, as investigations have revealed that all sections of people including government officials, civilians and others have been influenced by terrorist organizations to work for them.
The official said that since January this year, 170 OGWs belonging to various terrorist organizations have been arrested by the security agencies. On several occasions OGWs have been arrested with arms and ammunition belonging to various terrorist organizations. “It has been found that terrorists try to involve transport officials including drivers of private vehicles to bring arms and ammunition,” the official said. Many truck drivers have also been caught carrying terrorists or carrying their weapons.
Significantly, earlier in February, the State Investigation Agency (SIA) had arrested 10 OGWs associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed from different places in Kashmir. On 28 April, security agencies caught three OGWs from Kupwara district who were smuggling weapons from across the border. Recently, the NIA had also arrested a top police officer Arvind Digvijay Negi from Shimla for his involvement in providing security information to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).