Militancy case: NIA files charge sheet against Pak national, two locals

NIA officials conducting search in Srinagar, Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Umar Farooq]

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency of India on Tuesday said that they have filed chargehseet against a Pak resident and two local over ground workers of Lashkar-i-Toiba oufit.

In a handout, the NIA said that tightening its noose further around Pakistan-backed militant organisations operating in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday charge-sheeted three more persons, affiliated with an offshoot of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), for conspiring to unleash violent attacks with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms etc.

The spokesman further stated that the chargesheeted accused include a Pakistani national Habibullah Malik @ Sajid Jutt @ Saifullah @ Noomi @ Numan @ Langda @ Ali Sajid @ Usman Habib @ Shani, hailing from Kasur district in Pak Punjab. He has been found to have been involved in various attacks in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Habibullah, along with Hilal Yaqooob Deva @ Sethi Soab and Musiab Fayaz Baba @ Shoaib @ Zarar, both hailing from Shopian in Kashmir, has been named in the Supplementary Chargesheet filed today before the NIA Special Court, Jammu, under the relevant sections of IPC and UA (P) Act, 1967. The Supplementary chargesheet follows investigations in the case (RC-05/2022/NIA/JMU) registered suo-motu by the NIA on 21st June 2022. The case relates to a conspiracy hatched physically as well as in cyberspace by various proscribed terrorist organisations to spread fear and militancy and disrupt peace in JK, he said.

Investigations so far have revealed that the chargesheeted trio had entered into a criminal conspiracy to carry out militant attacks on armed forces and others in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir with the intention to wage war against the Government of India.

Habibullah Malik was an active Commander of Pakistan-based The Resistance Front (TRF), an offshoot of the proscribed LeT militant outfit. He was engaged in motivating vulnerable Kashmiri youth to join the TRF/LeT for carrying out militant activities in JK, he said.

As per NIA investigations, Habibullah had radicalised the other two accused, Hilal and Musiab, both of whom had started working as Over Ground Workers (OGWs) for him. On Habibullah’s directions, the two OWGs had collected and transported funds and weapons from/to his other OGWs to facilitate and support attacks in JK, he said.

The entire conspiracy was found to be part of the bigger plans of the banned outfits to commit acts of militancy and violence by indoctrinating local youth and mobilising overground workers to disturb peace and communal harmony in J&K, he said.

With the various banned militant organisations floating new outfits to carry out their militancy related activities in JK, the NIA has stepped up its crackdown and investigations in the region in recent months.

Under the NIA scanner are outfits such as The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF and others. These outfits are affiliated to Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Al-Qaeda, etc. (GNS)

Click to comment
To Top