NIA setting up base in JK against state’s constitution: Hurriyat (G)

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday took exception to setting up of camp offices by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Jammu and Kashmir saying it was in violation of the special status of the state.
In a statement, a Hurriyat (G) spokesman, while castigating setting up of the camp offices by NIA in Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Udhampur said that this was in clear violation of the special status and constitution of the state.
“This action does not have any legal and moral justification,” the spokesman said.
Besides the camp offices, the NIA also wants to establish a permanent base in the state for “more effective monitoring of cases that take place in the region.”
The Hurriyat spokesman cautioned that if permission for the establishment of a permanent office of NIA in the state was granted, it would be resisted tooth and nail.
“We will launch a public agitation against any such move,” the Hurriyat said.
The spokesman said that Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally acknowledged disputed territory and “it does not fall into the direct ambit of any Indian central agency.”
“Jammu & Kashmir has its own constitution other than India. The constitution does not allow that, in the presence of state police and other investigation agencies, the NIA will intervention here and will register cases against the citizens of Jammu & Kashmir,” he said.
Hurriyat Conference(G) also lashed out at the state government saying that instead of stopping the direct intervention of NIA in the state affairs, “they are co-operating in their illegal activities here.”
“This is criminal attitude of the state administration and it amounts to the violation of the Ranbhir Penal Code (RPC),” the spokesman said.
Hurriyat accused that some officers of the NIA were indulging in extortion.
“According to the information received in this regard, the NIA personals locate phone numbers of financially well of people and then harass them on baseless charges and threaten to frame Hawala cases against them,” the spokesman said.
“And then receive huge money from the people who get terrified by their threats,” he said.
“We will not remain silent over this issue and if the state government did not fulfill its responsibility in stopping the direct involvement of NIA in the state, the people will be forced to come out on roads,” the Hurriyat spokesman warned.