NIA files charge sheet against 12 persons including Syed Salahuddin and Hafiz...

NIA files charge sheet against 12 persons including Syed Salahuddin and Hafiz Saeed

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a 12794-page chargesheet against twelve persons, including Jamat-d-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, for “conspiring to wage war” against the government by carrying out “secessionist activities” in Jammu and Kashmir.

The chargesheet, according to a press release today, was filed in the NIA Special Court, Patiala House Courts Complex, in NIA No.RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI.

“The 12,794 page Chargesheet has been filed under sections 120B, 121, 121A and 124A of the Indian Penal Code and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967,” said the release.

The accused persons charge-sheeted today are Hafiz Saeed, Syed Salahuddin, Aftab Ahmad Shah@ Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah @ Fantoosh, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar @ Bitta Karate, Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad Bhat.

“The National Investigation Agency registered this case on 30.05.2017 and the first arrests were made on 24.07.2017. During the course of investigation, the NIA teams conducted searches at over 60 locations spread across the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi and seized over 950 incriminating documents and over 600 electronic devices. During the investigation, over 300 witnesses were examined,” said the release.

The investigation, it said, also brought out that the secessionist and separatist leaders belonging to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference have established a network of cadres throughout Kashmir Valley who “incite the youth to attack all symbols of Indian sovereignty, especially Indian security forces who are deployed there for the maintenance of law and order.”

“Under the overall guidance and instructions from Hafiz Syed, Syed Salahuddin and their Pakistani handlers, the separatist leaders of Jammu & Kashmir, and stone-pelters form strategies and action-plans to launch violent protests and communicate the same to the masses in the form of ‘protest calendars’ released through newspapers, social media and religious leaders, creating an atmosphere of terror and fear in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.”

Further investigation in this case shall continue, it said.

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