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NIA files charge sheet against PDP leader Parra in terror funding case

Last Updated on March 23, 2021 at 2:20 pm

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against PDP leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and two others who were found to be involved in a terror funding case. The Central Agency said that he played a vital role in maintaining a “political-separatist-terrorist” nexus in Jammu and Kashmir.

A spokesperson of NIA said that Shaheen Ahmad Lone and Tafazul Hussain Parimoo were involved with Parra. A charge sheet was lodged against them for bringing guns illegally from along the Line of Control (LoC) for militants. They were also found to be indulged in channelising funds to sponsor terrorist activities at orders of handlers in Pakistan.

The spokesperson said that the NIA has filed a supplementary charge sheet against all the three accused under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code Sections 17, 18, 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Moreover, all accused have also been charged under Section 25 (1AA) of the Arms Act and Section 6 of the Explosive Substances Act in a special court in Devender Singh case.

Police arrested Devender along with Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias “Naveed Babu”, Rafi Ahmad Rather and advocate Irfan Shafi Mir. They all were arrested while they were travelling from Srinagar to Jammu near Qazigund in south Kashmir on January 11, 2020. The central agency re-registered the case on January 17 and took over the investigation from Police. NIA also filed a charge sheet against eight accused on July 6 last year.

NIA arrested Parra on November 25 last year in this case. He has close links with former chief minister and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti. NIA spokesperson said that they found through investigation that Parra was involved in collecting and transferring terror funds to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorists for purchasing terrorist hardware. He also played a vital role in maintaining a political-separatist-terrorist nexus in J&K.

He also said that both charge-sheeted accused Lone and Parimoo of being involved in bringing guns from across the LoC for terrorists belonging to banned terrorist organisations Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Other than that, they were also directing funds to terrorists in J&K through the order of handlers located in Pakistan. Agency will continue to further investigate this case.