NIA chargesheet: Hizbul worker channelled funds as a crafts vendor

THE NIA on Monday filed the first additional chargesheet in the J&K terrorism plot case against an overground worker of the outlawed Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror group.

“The chargesheet against Mohd Rafi Najar, a resident of Sopore and close friend of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Imtiyaz Kundoo alias ‘Fayaz,’ was submitted in a special court here under various sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” an NIA spokesperson said.

“Najar is a Nepalese handicrafts trader situated in Pokhara. In the guise of lawful trading in Kashmiri handicrafts, he was discovered to be channelling cash for prohibited terrorist organisations. The revenues from the sale of the handicrafts were then routed to Kashmir via hawala routes and disbursed among terrorists operating in the Valley via another charge-sheeted overground worker,” according to the spokesperson.

“The case concerns a conspiracy hatched by proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammed, as well as their frontal organisations such as The Resistance Front, People’s Anti-Fascist Front, and overground workers operating in J&K, to carry out violent militant actions in the Valley and other major cities, including Delhi,” he added.

Investigations into the case have already shown a link between organisations based in Pakistan and their operators in Kashmir.

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