NIA Charges 4 Alleged Jaish Workers

National Investigation Agency (NIA) – File Pic

NEW DELHI – The NIA Wednesday filed a supplementary charge sheet against four alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) aides of Pulwama attack mastermind in a case of conspiring militancy attacks across country.

The NIA had last September filed a charge sheet claiming that JeM’s Sajjad Ahmad Khan, a close aide of Pulwama attack mastermind Mudassir Ahmad Khan, was conspiring militancy acts across India.

The supplementary charge sheet was filed against four alleged JeM operatives under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 121 A (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the government of India) of IPC, and various sections of stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and sections of Explosives Substances Act.

The agency filed the charge sheet against Sajjad Ahmad Khan (27), Bilal Ahmad Mir (23), Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat (24) and Mehraj-ud-Din Chopan (22), all residents of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Investigation has established that the accused persons are members of proscribed militant organisation JeM, who were planning to carry out attacks and propagating the activities of JeM,” the NIA said.

“The slain militant Mudassir Ahmad Khan was the mastermind behind this conspiracy. He was one of the main conspirators in Pulwama attack as well and was killed in encounter with police and security forces in Tral area of district Pulwama J&K on March 10, last year,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said.

Charges were abated against Mudassir after he was killed in an encounter with the security forces in March, 2019, the NIA said in the final report.

According to the agency, Sajjad was directly in touch with Mudassir while Ishfaq was involved in transportation of Arms and ammunition for strengthening JeM in Kashmir and further harboured the operatives of JeM.

One hand grenade was recovered from possession of Mehraj-ud-din Chopan and it was procured with the intention of using the same against the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir for snatching their weapons.

This case pertains to a criminal conspiracy hatched by senior commanders of JeM to carry out attacks in different parts of India including Delhi-NCR.

ISJK Module Busted in Budgam, 5 Held: Police

Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted a module of militant ISJK by arresting five workers of the outfit from central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

A police spokesperson said that acting on a tip-off, police arrested five alleged militant associates in Budgam and recovered arms and ammunition and other incriminating material from their possession. After preliminary enquiry, the spokesperson said, it was found that these men were associated to the militant outfit ISJK and were involved in providing shelter and logistic support to militants.

“A case under relevant sections of the law has been registered against the accused and further investigation is on,” the police said.

The police identified the alleged militant associates as Shahnawaz Ahmad Wani, Nasir Ahmad Wani, Bilal Ahmad Khan and Irfan Ahmad Pathan, all residents of Gundipora Beerwah, and Ali Mohd Bhat, a resident of Warihama Beerwah.

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