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Poonch TuM Conspiracy Case: NIA files charge-sheet against 7 militants

Srinagar, Jun 25 (KNO): National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge-sheet against seven militants of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen outfit in connection with the Poonch conspiracy case.

In a statement to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), NIA spokesman said that a charge has been filed before special NIA court, Jammu against seven accused persons namely— Mohd Mustafa Khan S/o Mohd Yaseer Khan, Mohd Yaseen S/o Late Sakhi Walayat, Mohd Farooq S/o Mohd Amin, Mohd Ibrar S/o Mohd Farooq, Mohd Javid Khan S/o Mohd Rafiq Khan, Sher Ali S/o Mohd Mushtaq Khan, Mohd Rafiq Nai alias Sultan S/o Afsar Khan, u/s 120-B read with sections 121-A, 122 of IPC, Sections 7, 25 of Arms Act, Sections 3 & 4 of Explosive Substance Act and Sections 18, 38, 39 of the UA(P) Act and Section 8 read with sections 21, 22 & 23 of NDPS Act in RC-02/2021/NIA/JMU.

“The case was initially registered as FIR No. 292 /2020 dated 27.12.2020 u/s 16/18/20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Sections 121-A/122/295-A of Indian Penal Code in Police Station Mendhar Police Station of Poonch District relating to arrest of Mohd Mustafa Khan and recovery of 06 hand grenades along with other incriminating documents from his residence. NIA had re-registered the case as RC-02/2021/NIA/JMU dated 16.03.2021 and taken up the investigation,” the statement said, adding that “Investigation has revealed that the seven charge-sheeted accused persons were part of a deep-rooted criminal conspiracy by Pakistan-based handlers of TuM and their associates based in Poonch and Kuwait to execute terrorist activities and wage war against the Indian State. Absconding accused Rafiq Nai alias alias Sultan and other handlers based in Pakistan administered Kashmir with assistance of Sher Ali based in Kuwait, Mohd Mustafa , Mohd Yaseen, Mohd Farooq, Mohd Ibrar, Mohd Javid and others on the Indian side of LoC in Poonch District smuggled arms, ammunition, explosives, narcotics etc into the Indian territory. They were taking advantage of geography, affinities of religion, culture and other ties cutting across both sides of the LoC. During the course of investigation, large Cache of arms, ammunition, explosives, Narcotics along with flag, posters and other incriminating material belonging to TuM outfit, which was hidden at different places in Poonch was recovered.” The NIA said that the further investigation in the case continues—(KNO)

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