NIA Raids Multiple Locations In J&K Over Terrorism Funding

NIA Raids Multiple Locations In J&K Over Terrorism Funding


NIA Raids Multiple Locations In J&K Over Terrorism Funding

Three days after the NIA arrested Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez from Kashmir for his involvement in anti-India activities and having direct links with a banned Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, the agency has carried out multiple raids in J& K.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that on Thursday morning it carried out searches at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir in a terrorism conspiracy case. However the exact case under which it conducted raids have not been revealed citing investigation reasons.

Parvez is the chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and the programme coordinator of JKCCS. He had lost his leg in a landmine while monitoring the 2004 parliamentary elections.

A senior NIA official earlier confirmed that “Parvez was in touch with Over Ground Workers (OWGs) of a banned Pakistani organisation”. The official, however, did not disclose the name of the banned Pakistani outfit suspecting that the revelation may impact the ongoing investigation. The official said that Parvez was held based on “solid evidence” against him proving his links with the OWGs for several years.

“These evidences are in the form of electronic devices and some other platforms that can be proved before the court during proceedings.” “Some digital devices have been found from the possession of Khurram Parvez… Some facts have emerged which are yet to be verified,” the official further said.

In this case, the NIA had on 22 November conducted raids at two places in Kashmir, and one in Himachal before arresting Khurram Parvez from the Valley.

Parvez was arrested from Jammu and Kashmir in connection with NIA’s ongoing probe in a terror funding case. The agency had conducted raids at Parvez’s residence in Sonwar and office in Amira Kadal of Srinagar.

NIA sources said that Parvez has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and various sections of the Indian Penal Code. The NIA sleuths picked up Parvez from his residence in the afternoon and he was later arrested following questioning at the agency’s office in the Valley.

The NIA in October last year had also conducted raids at several locations in the valley including Parvez’s residence and office. Parvez was slapped with the Public Safety Act (PSA) in 2016. His arrest had come a day after he was barred from travelling to Switzerland to participate in a session of the UN Human Rights Council. He was released after 76 days of prison.