SRINAGAR The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday attached Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi’s house on the outskirts of Srinagar city under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, official reports said.
The attachment order, the first by NIA against any separatist leader from Kashmir, was pasted outside the residence of Andrabi, the chief of the Dukhtaran-E-Millat group, at 90 Feet Road in Soura quarter of the city.
An NIA spokesman said in a statement the agency attached the property under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The approval for attachment was granted by the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police as required under the law and consequent to attachment, the property cannot be sold, transferred or otherwise dealt with in any manner without the permission of the officer making the order, the spokesman said.
The order has been issued by Superintendent of police NIA who is also the chief investigating officer of NIA in the funding case registered at the behest of government of India. He said NIA believes that property represents proceeds of (militancy) and has been used for furtherance of (militant) activities of a proscribed (militant) organization Dukhtaran e- Millat.
Therefore in exercise of the powers granted under section 25 of the unlawful activities (Prevention) Act 1967, I hereby order the attachement of the property specified in the schedule hereunder as proceeds of (militancy) it is further directed to all concerned not to transfer, sale or otherwise deal with the property in any manner whatsoever, except with the prior permission of the undersigned.
The Schedule of the property, he said, includes House situated at Zair Number 34/1, 35/1 Iqbal colony, 90 feet road Soura registered in the name of Late Mehmooda Begum w/o Ghulam Hassan Shah who is mother in law of accused Asiya Andrabi.
He said a copy of the order has been forwarded to the Srinagar deputy commissioner to enter the attachment in the revenue records.
The attachment has been effected under Section 25 (i) of UAPA, which states that an investigating officer can attach a property if the officer has reasons to believe that it has been brought from proceeds of terrorism.
The NIA had filed a charge sheet in November last year against Andrabi and two of her associates for allegedly “waging war” against India using Internet platforms.
Andrabi, Sofi Fehmeeda and Naheeda Nasreen were using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and TV channels including some in Pakistan to spread “insurrectionary imputations and hateful messages and speeches against India”, the charge sheet had said.
Andrabi and her two associates were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police in April last year and the case was later transferred to NIA in July.
The central agency said Fehmeeda and Nasreen have been instrumental in using social media and other platforms to wage war against the Indian government.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in March had also attached the properties of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in Srinagar for his alleged involvement in terror funding.
Shah was arrested by the ED in 2017.