Jammu & Kashmir

Waheed Parra remanded to 15-day NIA custody in militancy-related case

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency Court on Friday remanded Peoples Democratic Party leader and Youth President Waheed-Ur-Rehman Para to 15 days custody for allegedly conspiring with Hizbul Mujahideen militants to get their support during the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Parra, according to a report by PTI, was taken to Jammu and produced before a designated NIA court in a case related to his alleged “close links” with Irfan Shafi Mir, who was arrested along with Hizbul Mujahideen militant Naveed Babu and suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh earlier this year.

After his arrest on Wednesday, the NIA produced Parra in a Delhi court on Thursday and sought a transit remand for his production before a designated court in Jammu, the report quoted officials as saying.

Quoting officials, the report said during the investigation into Singh’s association with Hizbul Mujahideen militants, the NIA came across phone records of Mir which showed that he was in close contact with Parra.

Mir had claimed during questioning that Parra sought his “support” during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections for his party candidate Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and also president of the PDP, the report added.

Earlier on Wednesday, People’s Democratic Party headed by Mehbooba Mufti had accused BJP of using NIA against its youth leader and also claimed that it is a clear attempt by agency meddling into the electoral process and influencing it in favor of the “cronies of New Delhi.”

“Ahead of the DDC election, which was purportedly supposed to give an opportunity to a new youth leadership in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India through its ruthless brigade arrested Waheed-Ur-Rehman Para,” PDP said in a statement.

PDP’s youth leader Waheed Para was supposed to contest the polls from his home constituency in Pulwama, the statement said.

PDP Leadership outrightly condemns New Delhi’s latest “ruthless action against its youth leader who was a beacon of change in the society and always upheld the values and principles of nonviolence and democratic engagement,” it said.

“Waheed’s arrest signals the level of depravity to which the BJP and RSS can go in targeting and damaging its political opponents. These actions of New Delhi will not deter the PDP. “Our actions and our voices will become louder,” the statement mentioned.


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