New Delhi, Aug 25: With a prayer for awarding punishment to all of the accused for the commission of offence under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday filed prosecution complaint against 12 accused Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM)militants before the designated Patiala House Court here, an official release said.
According to the probe agency, the accused named in the prosecution complaint are Mohammad Shafi Shah alias Doctor, Talib Lali alias Talib Hussain Lali, Mohammd Yusuf Shah alias` Syed Salahuddin, Ghulam Nabi Khan alias Amir Khan, Umer Farooq Shera alias Mehboob-ul-Haq, Manzoor Ahmed Dar alias Masroor Dar, Zaffar Hussain Bhat alias Khursheed, Nazir Ahmad Dar alias Shabir Ellahi, Abdul Majeed Sofi alias Majeed Bisati, Mubarak Shah, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar alias Gaznavi and Mushtaq Ahmad Lone alias Mushtaq.
The prosecution complaint which is equivalent to the charge sheet, has also been filed with a prayer for confiscation of the attached properties totalling to Rs. 1.22 crore which have been provisionally attached.
The federal financial probe agency took up this case on the basis of charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Mohammad Shafi Shah, Talib Lali, Mohammad Yusuf, Umer Farooq Shera, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Zaffar Hussain Bhat, Abdul Majeed Sofi, Mubarak Shah, Muzaffar Ahmad Darand Mushtaq Ahmad Lone under Sections 120-B read with 121-A Indian Penal Code and Sections 17, 18, 39 & 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Mohammad Shafi Shah and his associates were involved in execution of sensational blasts in Jammu and Kashmir and huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered from them.
ED investigations revealed that Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the most active militant outfit in Kashmir, has been responsible for funding militant and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir headed by Syed Salahuddin, its commander based at Rawalpindi Pakistan.
The funding of militancy activities on Indian soil had been organised by a trust called JKART (Jammu & Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust) which was operating in connivance with Pakistan Government and ISI, the probe agency officials said.
“It is also revealed that the funds were sent to India through Hawala channel, barter trading and human carriers. The funds were further distributed through the same hawala, human carriers and banking channels to the next of kin of active as well as dead Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants”, they further said.
The mastermind behind distribution of funds were Mohammad Shafi Shah along with Talib Lali, both resident of Bandipora while Muzaffar Mushtaq Ahmad Lone were from Budgam and Anantag respectively.
After identification of proceeds of crime involved in money laundering, 13 properties belonging to seven militants totalling to Rs 1.22 crore were attached under PMLA, the probe agency said.