Govt sanctions prosecution of Sopore man for providing SIM card to militant

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Srinagar: The government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has sanctioned prosecution of a civilian under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 after police investigation revealed that he had provided SIM card to one of the militants killed in 2010 Lal Chowk attack.

The Home department has given nod to police for prosecution of Abdul Lateef Malla of Botingoo village of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, under Unlawful Activities( Prevention Act ) 1967, reported KNO. 

“ In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the government of UT of Jammu and Kashmir hereby accords sanction for launching prosecution of accused namely Abdul Lateef Malla son of Wali Muhammad Mall of Botingoo Sopore for the commission of offences punishable under section 20 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act , 1967 arising out of FIR No. 02/2010 of police station Maisuma,” reads the notification issued by Principal Secretary Home.

The police investigation revealed that Muhammad Lateef Malla had provided SIM card to one of the militants killed in Punjab Hotel, Lal Chowk in July 2010.

“During investigation one of the SIM card issued in the name of accused Muhammad Lateef Malla son of Wali Muhammad Malla has been provided to slain militants by the said Muhammad Lateef Malla and he was found to have remained with banned militant outfits HM and LeT as per his criminal history/background obtained from his native police station,” reads the notification. 

The notification also reveals that police had to reconstruct case dairy file after records of the case were destroyed during 2014 floods. (KNO)

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