MHA orders fresh FIR against DeM chief Asiya Andrabi by NIA


The Union Home Ministry ordered a fresh FIR against Dukhtaran-E-Millat (DEM) chief Asiya Andrabi by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday for allegedly using “various media platforms to spread insurrectionist imputations and hateful speeches that endanger the integrity, security, and sovereignty of India,” reported The Indian Express.

DEM chairperson Andrabi is alleged to be involved in organising anti-India rallies and stone pelting on security forces in South Kashmir, the report said.

Andrabi’s bail was canceled by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court earlier this month as forces agencies moved to tighten the noose around her outfit DeM.

“Andrabi along with her associates namely Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen have been booked under various sections of IPC and UAPA that includes waging war, sedition, promoting enmity between different groups based on religion, criminal conspiracy,” the report quoting Home Ministry official said. While Nahida is the general secretary, Sofi is incharge of media in DeM.

The federal probe agency, probing terror financing cases against pro-freedom leaders in the valley, had last year also named Andrabi for receiving funds from Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, to carry out stone pelting in the valley. However, the probe agency did not name Andrabi or Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani in its charge sheet filed early this year.

In its latest FIR against the DeM chief, the NIA said, “DEM through Andrabi openly advocates secession of Jammu & Kashmir from the Union of India and has also called for Jihad and use of violence against India. Andrabi and her associates have written and spoken words, besides publishing visible representations that bring into hatred and contempt apart from exciting disaffection towards the Government of India.”

It further noted, “DeM is promoting enmity, hatred, and ill-will between different communities on the grounds of religion and is doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. Andrabi has solicited help from proscribed terrorist organisations and along with her associates has entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against India.”

YouTube video of Andrabi, giving anti-India speeches in Jammu and Kashmir and videos of cows slaughter challenging the ban by the government is being shown to motivate youths in Kashmir and Pakistan by militants, officials claimed.

They further said that after the withdrawal of suspension of operation and imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, the probe against separatists will be stepped up. The agency’s probe into funding charges against the separatists had been put on the back-burner after the Centre appointed former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as special representative to hold dialogues, reported The Indian Express.


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