State Investigation Agency in J&K: A purview

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State Investigation Agency in J&K

The State Investigation Agency in Jammu and Kashmir which started working this year in June is playing a key role in eradicating terrorism from the valley through active cooperation with National Investigative Agency.

The Investigation agency so far has been working tirelessly to crack down the terror funding cases and rising cases of militancy. Extensive raids have been conducted by the agency to investigate narco-militants who are financing militancy through smuggling hard drugs from Pakistan and selling it in J & K and in other parts of the country.

The formation of the agency came at a time when J&K saw no let-up in militancy and attacks.
The State Investigation Agency was set up in Jammu and Kashmir to probe terrorism-related cases. The SIA is a nodal agency that coordinates with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other central agencies and takes measures that may be necessary for speedy and effective investigation and prosecution of terrorism-related cases. The agency function separately from the criminal investigation department and allied agencies working in the UT.

The agency purviews offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, SAARC Convention (Suppression of Terrorism) Act, Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016, Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982, among others.

The agency also deals with cases relating to terrorist-linked propaganda, false narrative, large-scale incitement, spreading of disaffection, and enmity against the Indian Union, according to the order.

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