NIA chargesheets eight Pulwama residents under UAPA

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The NIA today filed a chargesheet against eight people allegedly involved in a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to carry out attacks on government forces in the Valley, quoting an official spokesperson Daily Excelsior reported.

The charge sheet was filed before the NIA special court against Naseer Ahmad Malik alias “Moulvi”, Imtiyaz Ahmad Rather, Rayees Ahmad Sheikh alias “Jugpeer”, Yawer Rashid Ganaie, Suhail Ahmad Khan alias “Sahil”, Sahid Ahmed Shergojri, Anayat Gulzar Bhat and Jahangir Ahmad Dar – all residents of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“The case (in which the eight accused were charge-sheeted) pertains to the conspiracy hatched by local/Pakistani terrorists of JeM, along with Over Ground Workers, to execute terrorist acts against security forces in south Kashmir,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said, as per the report, the case was initially registered on 11 March at Pulwama Police Station and re-registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 8 April.

“Investigations have revealed that the accused persons had provided safe shelter, transportation and other logistics support to JeM terrorists Aquaib Mushtaq Bhat (local) and Kamaal Bhai alias ‘Jatt’ (Pakistani) who were planning to carry out terrorist acts against the security forces,” the official said.

Both Kamaal Bhat and his Pakistani associate Jatt were killed in a gunfight with government forces in the Chewa Kalan area of Pulwama on 12 March, reads the report.

While Naseer Ahmad Malik is facing charges under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the rest of the accused have been booked under the IPC and the UAPA, the NIA said.

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