NIA files charge sheet against 4 alleged ISJK affiliates for TRC attack last year

Protesters carrying flag of ISJK outside historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Friday. Photograph by Saide Zahoor for The Kashmir Walla
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against four persons, alleged affiliates of Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK).

The charge-sheet has been relating to an attempt to carry out attack on a Police Party at TRC (Tourist Reception Centre) Srinagar on 24 November last year by militants belonging to Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), a spokesman of NIA said.

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Initially, a case FIR No. 93/2018 dated 24-11-2018 was registered by J&K Police at PS Kothibagh, Srinagar. Accused persons namely Tahir Ahmad Khan son o Ali Mohammad Khan of Chandrigam Tral, Pulwama, Haris Mushtaq Khan son of Mushtaq Ahmad Khan of Wathura, Budgam and and Asif Suhail Nadaf son of Latief Ahmad of Rainawari, Srinagar were arrested by local police immediately after the incident.

During their search, the spokesman said, two pistols, fourteen live rounds and three hand grenades were recovered from their possession along with an ISIS flag. The case was subsequently taken over by NIA for investigation as RC-37/2018/NIA/DLI on 13 December 2018.

“During investigation by NIA, accused Asif Majid Khan Son of Abdul Majid Khan of Deviangan, Sangeen Darwaja Hawal Srinagar was arrested on 25 December 2018. “He was involved in harbouring the other co-accused persons,” he said, adding, “One illegal12 bore single barrel gun without number and two KF-12 cartridges were recovered on his disclosure.”

The spokesman said investigation further revealed that accused persons, Tahir Ahmad Khan, Haris Mushtaq Khan and Asif Suhail Nadaf were active cadres of Islamic State Jammu & Kashmir (ISJK), “a Kashmir based militant affiliate of proscribed International (militant) organisation ISIS.”

“Investigation unearthed a larger conspiracy of these elements propagating Pan-Islamic ideology of ISIS by recruiting and radicalising Kashmiri youth towards Jihad and targeting security forces.”

It was also revealed that three other accused persons in the case namely Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi alias Abdullah, Pervez Ahmad Bhat alias Khubaib alias Haider and Asif Nazir Dar alias Anwar were killed during different encounters that took place between the ISJK cadres and security forces across the Kashmir valley.

The Charge-Sheet has been filed in the Special NIA Court, Jammu against available accused persons namely, Tahir Ahmad Khan, Haris Mushtaq Khan, Asif Suhail Nadaf and Asif Majid Khan under section 120B, 34 r/w section 307 RPC, sections 18, 19, 20 and 38 of the UA(P) Act, Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act and Section 7, 25 of the Arms Act. “Further investigation is continuing,” the spokesman added. (Inputs from GNS)