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The National Investigation Agency Monday said that it has filed the first supplementary chargesheet against a militant associate of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit in the ‘Militancy Conspiracy Case.’
NIA spokesperson in a statement said that the case pertains to the conspiracy hatched by the proscribed militant organizations, such as Lashkar-e-Toida (LeT), Jaish-e-Muhammaed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), along with their frontal organizations, such as TRF, PAFF etc and their Over Ground Workers operating in Jammu and Kashmir to undertake violent militant action in Kashmir valley and in other major cities of India, including Delhi.
The spokesperson said that investigations in the case had earlier established the connections of Commanders of these proscribed organizations based in Pakistan with their operatives in Kashmir valley to recruit and train the youth in the handling of arms and explosives. They had floated a lot of propaganda material in cyberspace to talent-spot and recruit these individuals who then function as sleeper cells and cause militant incidents, including targeted killings, acting in small groups, or lone wolf actors.
NIA said that 26 persons have been earlier charge-sheeted in the case, which include Pakistan-based ‘listed individual militants’ Bashir Ahmed Peer alias Imtiyaz Alam and Imitiyaz Kundoo alias Fayaz Sopore. NIA has also attached the property of Bashir Ahmed Peer on March 4 this month under Section 51A of the UA(P)Act.
During further investigations, NIA identified and arrested accused Muhammad Rafi Najar son of Muhammad.Abdullah Najar of Sopore, a close associate of designated militant Imityaz Kundoo. “He is a dealer in handicrafts and was based out of Pokhra, Nepal. He was found to be channelizing funds for proscribed militant organizations in the garb of legitimate trade of Kashmiri handicrafts. The profits accrued from the sale of the handicrafts were then sent to Kashmir valley through Hawala channels and distributed amongst the militants operating in the Valley through another charge-sheeted over ground worker,” NIA spokesperson said adding that the chargesheet has been filed against Muhammad Rafi Najar today under various sections of IPC and UA(P)Act., reads the statement. [KNT]