SRINAGAR: The Special Court for UAPA Offences designated under the NIA Act in Srinagar has framed charges against a senior Hurriyat leader in a militant financing case. Three accused were previously chargesheeted by the State Investigation Agency (SIA) Kashmir earlier this month.

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According to the agency, during the investigation of case FIR No 22/2022 at Police Station SIA/CIK Kashmir, the State Investigation Agency (SIA) Kashmir successfully traced the foundations and nodes of militant networks involved in innovative conspiracies to sustain militancy in the Union Territory (UT) through the raising and circulation of funds.

The investigation team has identified individuals engaged in various overt and covert acts of propaganda and criminal proliferation at the international level. Their activities aim to undermine the government machinery and harm the unity, sovereignty, integrity, and security of India. The prime accused, Bashir Ahmad Mir, also known as Molvi Bashir Irfani, is the General Secretary of Hurriyat Conference (G) and Chairman of ‘Shabba-Ul-Muslameen’. He has been found in possession of substantial amounts of Indian currency, considered proceeds of militancy.

The accused has devised a criminal plan to revitalize militancy in the UT and disrupt the peaceful environment. The anti-terror agency, as reported by Kashmir Dot Com, stated that the accused incentivized prospective members to expand criminal plots across various districts of the UT, thus broadening the network. Two other accused individuals were found to have connections with the ISI of Pakistan, seeking patronage and logistical support for terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

In addition to raising funds, the accused has played a significant role in spreading anti-India propaganda beyond the country’s borders, particularly targeting impressionable youth.

The charge sheet has been presented in the Court of the Special Judge designated under the NIA Act in Srinagar. It invokes various provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967, as amended on May 3, 2023. It is noteworthy that the investigation was completed within six months, and the charges in the case were framed within a fortnight period, as stated in the press release. (KDC)

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