Jammu & Kashmir

‘Close aide of slain HM Commander Burhan Wani’ gets six-year jail term

Srinagar Jail. [FPK File Photo/Vikar Syed]

Srinagar: Srinagar UAPA court has convicted a State Investigation Agency (SIA) investigated militant and sent him to six years of imprisonment for being an active member of a militant organization.

An official said that Amir Nabi Wagay son of Ghulam Nabi Wagay of Goriwan in the Bijbehara area of Anantnag District was convicted by UAPA Court in Srinagar on 27 December 2022 and sentenced to 6 years imprisonment under section 20 of UAPA for being an active member of Hizbul Mujahideen, a banned militant outfit; another 6 years under section 7/25 Indian Arms Act for possession of illegally acquired firearm and ammunition and 03 years under section 13 UAPA for indulging in unlawful activities especially promoting separatism and disrupting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.

Amir Wagay, also known by the code name Abu Qasim, was operating as the District Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Anantnag area, the official said.

Considered to be a close associate of killed HM top activist Burhan Wani, Amir Wagay was nabbed red-handed by a team of CI Kashmir of J&K Police, now mostly operating under the SIA banner on 31 March 2017, he said.

The CI team apprehended him in SKIMS Soura while Amir Wagay was on a mission to carry out a militant attack. The investigation and trial records show that on realizing that plainclothes policemen have nearly surrounded him after trailing, Amir Wagay tried to break the encirclement by attempting to fire at the policemen. However, he was overpowered and dispossessed of a Chinese pistol along with six live ammunition which he was carrying and had fished out to counterattack the policemen, he added further.

The militant incident was taken cognizance of vide case FIR No. 7/2017 registered in Police Station CI Kashmir in Srinagar. The charge sheet of the case was filed before the trial court on 16.05.2019, the official said.

After a vigorous and hotly contested trial over 3 and ½ years, the court found Amir Wagay guilty of several charges under UAPA and Arms Act, he said. (KNO)


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