Delhi Court sends two Kashmiris to judicial custody for ‘aiding terrorists’

Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer were arrested on September 19 by the NIA


New Delhi: Two persons arrested for allegedly providing “logistical and material support to terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan into Kashmir”, were on Friday sent to judicial custody by a Delhi court for a month.

District Judge Poonam A Bamba sent Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer to jail after they were produced in the court by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) which submitted that they were not required for further custodial interrogation, a PTI report said.

Both the accused, residents of Wahama, Kupwara, in North Kashmir, were arrested on September 19 by the NIA from Jammu in connection with a case registered in July last year.

Police in Jammu and Kashmir had arrested a Pakistani national, Bahadur Ali, from Handwara in North Kashmir in July last year and allegedly seized a large quantity of incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, from him. The case was later handed over to the NIA, the report said.

The two accused allegedly provided material and logistical support to Ali and his associates soon after their infiltration into Indian territory, the NIA said.

Both the accused were local supporters of Ali and had “visited Pakistan thrice and met terrorists from Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)” and were still in their contact, it was alleged.

In January this year, the NIA had charge-sheeted Ali, a member of the banned militant outfit LeT who had been arrested from Yahama village of Handwara on July 24 last year, the report added.

The charge sheet highlighted gaps along the Line of Control (LoC) as Ali along with two others had walked undetected for seven days.

The NIA said Ali alias Saifullah Mansoor along with two associates, Abu Saad and Abu Darda, all trained militants, infiltrated into Indian territory equipped with arms and ammunition, navigation equipment, combat material and other articles.

The trio entered India during the intervening night of June 12-13 last year and reached their destination around June 20. The area is expected to be dotted by security personnel as part of a counter-infiltration grid.

On June 22, Ali’s two associates left to get some food, leaving Ali on a hilltop. Both were killed in an encounter.

According to the NIA charge sheet, the investigation had established that Ali, a school dropout and originally a resident of Jia Bagga Village of Raiwind in Lahore, Pakistan, was also provided a map depicting parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered-Kashmir.

He was provided with Grid References (GR) that had been recovered from his possession. Ali plotted these GRs on the map which was sent for examination to the Surveyor General of India at Dehradun who affirmed that the militants had plotted them correctly, the PTI report added.

A pocket diary recovered from Ali, among other things, listed the names of several towns in Jammu and Kashmir.

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