Srinagar: A chargesheet prepared by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stated that Irfan Shafi Mir, who was arrested along with Deputy SP Davender Singh, told the agency that Pakistan had approved a proposal by to set up a new outfit called ‘Bleeding Heart’ as it had realised in 2018 that Hurriyat Conference won’t be able to deliver any more.
Mir, who has emerged as a ‘double agent’, made frequent visits to Pakistan during which he came in contact with ISI officials as well as top terror leadership that had complained that separatist groups in the Kashmir valley had become defunct after the NIA cracked its whip on them in 2017 following registering of a terror funding case.
During a visit to Pakistan in 2018, Mir held extensive discussion with ISI officials as well as terrorist top brass to set up a non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the name ‘Bleeding Heart’ which would replace the role of Hurriyat Conference, says the NIA chargesheet filed in a designated court of Jammu.
Mir was arrested along with Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu and accomplice Rafi Ahmad Rather.
The details of the 3,064-page chargesheet, accessed by PTI, show that Mir alias ‘Advocate’ made this proposal for an NGO and had started working for it after receiving go-ahead from his mentors across the border.
The NIA filed the chargesheet under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code against Mir, Singh, Naveed, his brother Syed Irfan Ahmad, Rather and businessman Tanveer Ahmad Wani, former president of the Line of Control Traders Association.
According to the NIA, the accused were part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the Pakistan-based organisation Hizbul Mujahideen and Pakistani State agencies “to commit violent acts and to wage war against the Union of India”.
During his extensive questioning, the NIA said, Mir had met Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salauddin, his deputy Amir Khan, the so-called operational chief Khursheed Alam and the group’s financial head Nazar Mehmood where the broad concept of ‘Bleeding Heart’ was discussed.
Later during his stay in Pakistan, Mir had a meeting with ISI officers like Umar Cheema, Ahshan Chaudhary and Sohail Abbas who also tasked him to work on a new ‘Hawala (non-banking) channel’ for transfer of money for sustaining terrorist activities in the Kashmir valley.
The investigation into the case, led by Inspector General Anil Shukla and his team, has listed 3,017 oral and documentary evidences along with the chargesheet.
The chargesheet also gives instances of Mir’s connection with officials of Pakistan High Commission in India with whom he was in constant touch and from whom he received monetary assistance.
Visa applications from Kashmir recommended by Mir were also given top priority at the Pakistan High Commission, the chargesheet said.
Mir was sitting in the car driven by Singh on January 11 this year along with Naveed and Rather when their car was intercepted by Jammu and Kashmir police near Qazigund on the national highway.