Srinagar: NIA Special Court of Patiala House in New Delhi on Friday issued Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) against the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Mohd Yusuf Shah Salahuddin in the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case. According to an NIA spokesperson, the investigation agency had requested the court to issue the warrants since the terror funding led to unrest in Kashmir valley and other parts of the country. Also Read - Unlock 2021: Jammu And Kashmir Eases Covid Curbs in THESE 8 Districts. Full List of Relaxations Here
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and Mohd Yusuf Shah Salahuddin had allegedly mobilised Pakistan-trained terrorists to wage war against India through the secessionist and separatist leaders in the country. The nefarious plan was to secede Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India. Earlier on January 18, 2018, the NIA had filed a 12,794-page chargesheet against 12 people in the terror funding case which includes Saeed and Salahuddin. Also Read - BREAKING: 2 Cops, 2 Civilians Killed in Terrorist Attack in Jammu And Kashmir's Sopore
Accused Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is a resident of Mohalla Johar, Teshil Lahore, Pakistan. Accused Mohd Yusuf Shah Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri separatist militant organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, is a resident of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. Currently, Salahuddin is residing at Islamabad, Pakistan. Also Read - JKBOSE Exams 2021: Class 11, 12 Board Exams Cancelled; Details About Results Will be Out Soon
The two accused face charges for their offences under Section 120B, 121 and 121A of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under Sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 & 40 of UA (P) Act 1967.
The case was first registered by the National Investigative Agency registered on May 30, 2017, and police made their first arrests on July 24, 2017. According to NIA, a police team was sent to over 60 places across Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi. During the investigation, the team spoke with over 300 witnesses, seized over 950 incriminating documents and over 600 electronic devices.
A close scrutiny of the documents and the digital devices established the fact that the violence in Jammu and Kashmir caused by the accused Hurriyat leaders, the terrorists and the stone-pelters was a part of a “well-planned” criminal conspiracy.
(With Agency inputs)