Waheed Para remanded to 15-day NIA custody

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PDP youth leader Waheed Para was remanded to 15 days of National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody on Friday following his arrest earlier this week for allegedly conspiring with Hizbul Mujahideen militant to get their support during the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Para was taken to Jammu and produced before a designated NIA court in a case related to his alleged “close links” with Irfan Shafi Mir, who was arrested along with Hizbul Mujahideen militant Naveed Babu and suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh earlier this year, Press Trust of India quoting unnamed officials reported.

After his arrest on Wednesday, the NIA produced Para in a Delhi court on Thursday and sought a transit remand for his production before a designated court in Jammu, the officials said.

According to the officials, during the investigation into Singh”s association with Hizbul Mujahideen militants, the NIA came across phone records of Mir which showed that he was in close contact with Para.

Mir had claimed during questioning that Para sought his support during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections for his party candidate Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and also president of the PDP, the report added.

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