SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The premier anti-terror probe agency, National Investigation Agency (NIA), is all set to have its own camp office in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
For the past several years the agency has been using 182 Battalion BSF Campus Signal Center and Jammu Kashmir Police (JKP) guest house, both in Humhama frequently, in absence of their independent office.
An independent bungalow in Tulsibagh has been allotted to the NIA. Sources said that NIA DG YC Modi had raised the issued during his trip to Srinagar last month.
“The bungalow is in secure zone and is a self contained office and residence,” a senior officer told India Today.
Sources said NIA that has got a nod from authorities in Jammu Kashmir, but are waiting for a final approval from the chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam.
The officer further said, “The file has reached his table.” Though the agency is still awaiting an approval order, sources said that the area is in secure zone, however, security matters to the building will be discussed once the final orders are issued.
The NIA has over 20 cases from Kashmir Valley alone including the case of escaped Pakistani terrorist Naved Jatt from SMHS Hospital, terror attack on CRPF Group Centre at Lethpura and the case of funding to separatist organizations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The increasing number of the cases in the Valley requires the team to make frequent trips between Delhi and Srinagar. So far the agency has relied on other agencies often for staff accommodation.
Although the NIA has a branch office in Jammu, it is one among the eight regional offices in the entire country.
The Jammu office is in Trikuta Nagar which accommodates 70 personnel. The branch office in comparison is smaller but is likely to serve the purpose of the agency.