‘Terror funding’: NIA files charge sheet against Hafiz Saeed, Salahuddin, 10 others

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) Thursday filed charge sheet against 12 people, including Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafeez Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin, in a case related to alleged funding of “terror and secessionist activities” in Kashmir Valley. NIA said that it filed a charge sheet in the NIA Special Court, at Patiala House Courts against 12 accused persons for conspiring to wage war against the Union of India by carrying out ‘terrorist and secessionist’ activities in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

“A 12,794 page charge sheet has been filed under sections 120B, 121, 121A and 124A of the Indian Penal Code and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,” the investigation agency said.

The accused persons who have been charge-sheeted are Hafiz Muhammad Saeed resident of Lahore, Pakistan, Syed Salahuddin, Chairman of United Jehad Council, Aftab Ahmad Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, resident of Srinagar, Media Advisor and strategist of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Mirwaiz Umar Farooq faction, Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Fantoosh, resident of Srinagar, Public Relations Officer at Tehreek-e-Hurriyat as well as Secretary and strategist in the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction), Nayeem Ahmad Khan resident of Baramulla, Chairman, National Front, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate resident of Srinagar, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R), Mohammad Akbar Khanday resident of Parimpora, Srinagar, Spokesperson/Media Advisor of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction), Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal resident of Rainawari, Srinagar, office-bearer of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah resident of Pulwama, Personal Assistant of Syed Ali Shah Geelani as well as Secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali resident of  Handwara, a Hawala conduit, Kamran Yusuf resident of Pulwama, a stone-pelter and Javed Ahmad Bhat, resident of Kulgam, a stone pelter, the agency said.

The statement said that the NIA registered the case on May, 30 last year and the first arrests were made on 24th of July, 2017.

“During the course of investigation, the NIA teams conducted searches at over 60 locations spread across the States of Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi and seized over 950 incriminating documents and over 600 electronic devices. During the investigation, over 300 witnesses were examined,” the agency claimed.

“The threadbare scrutiny and analysis of the documents and digital devices established that the accused persons are carrying out terror attacks and orchestrating violence, stone-pelting and other subversive and secessionist activities in the state as a part of their well planned criminal conspiracy hatched with the active support, connivance and funding from terrorist organisations based in Pakistan and its agencies to achieve their objective of secession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by waging war against the Government of India,” the charge sheet says.

It further said that the investigation also brought out that the secessionist and separatist leaders belonging to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference have established a network of cadres throughout Kashmir Valley who incite the youth to attack all symbols of Indian sovereignty, especially Indian security forces who are deployed there for the maintenance of law and order.

“These activities were carried out under the overall guidance and instructions from Hafiz Syed, Syed Salahuddin and their Pakistani handlers,” the charge sheet mentions.

It said that the arrested Hurriyat leaders including business man Zahoor Ahmad Watali and photo journalist Kamran Yousuf  formed the strategies and action-plans to launch violent protests and communicate the same to the masses in the form of ‘protest calendars’ released through newspapers, social media and religious leaders, creating an atmosphere of ‘terror’ and fear in the State.

“The investigation based on scientific and oral evidences has conclusively established that for carrying out all these ‘terrorist’ and subversive activities, the gang of the accused persons is receiving funds from Pakistani agencies through hawala conduits such as Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and others and are also raising funds by generating illegal profits from LoC barter trade by doing under-invoicing and cash-dealings. The money is also routed through fake and bogus companies floated abroad and remitted to the Hurriyat leaders in Jammu and Kashmir,” the charge sheet says.

The agency said that all these funds were 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 in the state into chaos with an intention to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India by striking terror in the minds of the public and by waging war against the Union of India.





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