Jammu & Kashmir

NIA seizes Hurriyat office in Srinagar

Hurriyat Conference office in Rajbagh Srinagar. [File Photo]

Srinagar: A day after Delhi Court ordered the seizing of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) office in Rajbagh Srinagar, the sleuths of National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India, seized the Hurriyat office.

“The NIA team arrived at Rajbag and seized the Hurriyat office,” officials said.

Earlier on Saturday Shaliender Malik, additional sessions judge, New Delhi district, had said the immoveable property i.e. building office of All Parties Hurriyat Conference is ordered to be seized.

The Court had said that the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act-1967 does not in any manner hinder powers of court to seize any such property of which accused is facing trial under the UAPA of which he may be partly owner.

The court, however, had added that the seizing itself does not mean that there is any pre-trial conclusion regarding that property.

The Court further said that among the different allegations and evidence, it was also the case that office of APHC was the place where meetings held to strategize different “protests, funding activities of stone pelting on security forces, recruiting of unemployed youths to carry out unlawful activities as well as militant activities to create an unrest in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir to wage war against the Government of India.

“In such situation taking into consideration the serious nature of the allegations as against A-5 itself, the fact that he is part owner of the property in question, cannot be a reason for not attaching the property when it is not even made clear as to who others were co-owners of that property,” the court had said.

The NIA had moved an application seeking passing of an order for seizing of building office of All Parties Hurriyat Conference situated at Raj Bagh, Srinagar. (KNO)

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