NIA files chargesheet against Kashmiri separatists and Hafeez Saeed

Elias Hubbard
January 18, 2018

The 12, 749 pages charge sheet had been filed against 12 persons at Patiala House court in New Delhi under the terror funding case.

The press conference was called soon after the NIA submitted a chargesheet against several pro-freedom leaders already under detention in Tihar jail.

Noted businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali was also arrested by the NIA in the case, which was registered after the valley was rocked by violent protests after Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces in 2016.

The 10 arrested accused persons urged the court not to take cognisance citing lack of jurisdiction. They said 60 locations were raided and 950 incriminating documents seized.

Other offences for which the accused have been chargesheeted include those punishable under sections 120B of IPC (criminal conspiracy) and various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The agency said over 300 witnesses were examined. As per the reports, today, the NIA has filed charge sheet against Hafiz Saeed and Syed along with seven other separatists such as Aftab Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Funtoosh and Mohammad Akbar Khandey.

Condemning the NIA charge sheets against the Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz termed it as "baseless allegations".

It said funds for such activities were also raised "by generating illegal profits from LoC barter trade by doing under-invoicing and cash-dealings".

These companies would make fraudulent transactions and route money which eventually funded terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

It said that conspiracy was hatched with active support, connivance and funding from terrorist organisations based in Pakistan and its agencies to achieve their objective of secession of the Jammu and Kashmir by waging war against the Indian government.

The NIA said the scrutiny and analysis of the documents and digital devices established that the accused Hurriyat leaders, the terrorists and the stone-pelters were carrying out terrorist attacks and orchestrating violence in Jammu and Kashmir as a part of their "well-planned" criminal conspiracy. "All these funds are then pumped by them into fuelling mass violence and terrorist activities so as to cause damage to public property, disrupt the essential services throwing normal life into chaos with an intention to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India".

Sources in the NIA confirm that, Pakistani officials have been not only openly inviting separatist leaders but also providing funds to the them for spreading terror in the valley.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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