NIA Files Chargesheet Against 7 Tehreek-Ul-Mujahideen Militants

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday said it has filed a charge sheet against seven militants of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) before a special Jammu court in connection with the Poonch conspiracy case of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The seven militants of TuM, who have been named in the chargesheet include Mohammad Mustafa Khan, Mohd Yaseen, Mohammad Farooq, Mohammad Ibrar, Mohammad Javid Khan, Sher Ali and Mohammad Rafiq alias Sultan.

Quoting NIA officials newspaper The Tribune reported that all the accused have been charged under various sections of IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substance Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act (UAPA).

“In the chargesheet, the NIA has accused that the named persons were part of a deep-rooted criminal conspiracy by Pakistan-based handlers of TuM and their associates based in Poonch and Kuwait to execute militant activities and wage war against the Indian state,” newspaper quoted the officials as having said.

“Absconding accused Rafiq and other handlers based in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) with the assistance of Sher Ali based in Kuwait,  Mohd Mustafa, Mohd Yaseen, Mohd Farooq, Mohd Ibrar, Mohd Javid and others on the Indian side of LoC in Poonch district smuggled arms, ammunition, explosives, narcotics, etc, into the Indian territory,” the NIA said in the charge sheet.

It said, the accused persons were taking advantage of geography, affinities of religion, culture, and other ties cutting across both sides of the LoC.

“During the course of the investigation, a large cache of arms, ammunition, explosives, narcotics along with the flag, posters and other incriminating material belonging to outfit TuM, which was hidden at different places in Poonch was recovered,” it said.

“The case was initially registered by J&K Police in Police at Mendhar PS of Poonch District after the arrest of Mohd Mustafa Khan and recovery of 6 hand grenades along with other incriminating documents from his residence on December 27, 2020. Later on March 16, 2021 NIA re-registered the case and took over the investigation in it,” newspaper The Tribune quoted NIA officials as having said.

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