Former J&K Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti knew arrested Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu and had also spoken to him once, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed in a chargesheet filed in connection with the case related to arrested former J&K DSP Davinder Singh.
This is for the first time that name of Mufti has come up in any of the cases being probed by the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir.
An NIA official related to the probe told IANS, “The name of the former Chief Minister has emerged in the case related to arrested DSP Davinder Singh and HM terrorist Naveed Babu.”
The NIA has filed a supplementary chargesheet against three persons, including arrested Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth wing chief Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, who allegedly worked as a financier for Hizbul Mujahideen in connection with the case.
The official said that Mufti knew Hizbul terrorist Naveed Babu and had even spoken to him once. However, the official refused to share more details.
The NIA in its supplementary chargesheet has claimed that Parra was part of the “conspiracy” to raise and transfer terror funds to Hizbul Mujahideen militants for the procurement of terrorist hardware and was also a crucial player in sustaining the political-separatist-terrorist nexus in J&K.
Parra was instrumental in the revival of the PDP in south Kashmir, especially in the militancy-affected Pulwama district.
Besides Parra, the NIA has also named two gun runners — Shaheen Ahmad Lone and Tafazul Hussain Parimoo — in connection with the case.
Suspended police officer Singh is currently lodged in Kathua jail at Hiranagar in Jammu division. He was arrested by the police on January 11 last year from the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway while transporting two Hizabul terrorists — Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmad Rather — and a law school dropout, Irfan Shafi Mir, to Jammu.
After the arrest of Singh, initial investigations were done by the J&K Police before the case was handed over to the NIA. The police had said that the two terrorists and the lawyer had planned to travel to Pakistan.
The NIA had earlier claimed that its probe has revealed that the accused were part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the Hizabul and Pakistan to commit violent acts and wage war against India.
Mufti had recently skipped an Enforcement Directorate (ED) summon for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe.
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