NIA files chargesheet against PDP leader Para in militancy funding case

Jammu: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday filed a charge sheet against Waheed-ur-Rehman Para of the PDP and two others in militancy funding case, and alleged the PDP youth leader was a crucial player in sustaining the “political-separatist-militant” nexus in Jammu and Kashmir.

Besides Para, the other two named in the charge sheet are Shaheen Ahmad Lone and Tafazul Hussain Parimoo who were involved in gunrunning from across the Line of Control (LoC) for militants and channelising funds to sustaining militant activities at the behest of handlers in Pakistan, a spokesperson of the NIA said.

He said the NIA filed the supplementary charge sheet against 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, and Section 25 (1AA) of the Arms Act and Section 6 of the Explosive Substances Act in a special court here in the DSP Devender Singh case, the spokesperson of the NIA said.

Singh was arrested by police along with three others — Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmad Rather and advocate Irfan Shafi Mir — while they were travelling from Srinagar to Jammu near Qazigund in south Kashmir on January 11, 2020.

The NIA had re-registered the case on January 17 and had taken over the investigation. It had already filed a charge sheet against eight accused in this case on July 6.

Para, a close aide of former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, was arrested by the NIA in the case on November 25 last year.

“The investigations revealed that charge-sheeted accused Para was part of the conspiracy for raising and transferring of militancy funds to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militants for procurement of militant hardware and was also a crucial player in sustaining political-separatist-militant nexus in J&K,” the spokesperson said.

Referring to Lone and Parimoo, the NIA spokesperson said the investigation revealed that the charge-sheeted accused were involved in gunrunning from across the LoC for the militants Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and were also channelizing funds to the militants for sustaining militant activities in J&K at the behest of handlers located in Pakistan.

“Further investigation in the case continues,” the spokesperson added.

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