SRINAGAR: In a move against militancy networks and operatives in Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has seized the properties of two pivotal Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) members linked to the 2018 incident involving the orchestrated release of a militant through an attack on a police party at a Srinagar hospital.

A total of eight properties, five owned by accused Mohd Shafi Wani and three by Mohd Tikka Khan, residents of Singoo Narbal, Pulwama, have been seized under Section 33 (1) of the UA (P) Act, 1967, in compliance with recent orders from the NIA Special Court in Jammu.

The case (RC-05/2018/NIA/DLI) revolves around the killing of two J&K Police personnel during an attack on a police party escorting LeT militant Naveed Jatt, also known as Abu Hanzla, to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, for a medical examination on 6th February 2018.

Jatt, a Pakistani-origin militant, was forcefully released in the attack orchestrated by the two accused, alongside others, following orders from their LeT Commanders based in Pakistan. Jatt was later killed in a 2018 encounter with security forces.

The attached immovable properties of Mohd Shafi Wani and Mohd Tikka Khan, identified as LeT overground workers, include various plots of land, and Shafi’s residential house has also been seized.

The two accused were apprehended from their Pulwama residences on February 8, 2018, found in possession of weapons. They were charged on 3rd August 2018 and are presently undergoing trial under relevant sections before the NIA Special Court in Jammu, including sections 120B / 302 / 307 / 224 / 225 / 411 of RPC, sections 7/25 and 27 of Arms Act 1959, and sections 16 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 38 / 39 of UA (P) Act 1967.


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