Bogus companies floated abroad to remit money for Hurriyat to fund Kashmir unrest: NIA
Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind and ably backed by Syed Salahuddin. Together they came up with a plan of funding the unrest and terrorism in the Kashmir Valley which was on the boil since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani.
The NIA which is probing the matter filed a detailed charge sheet running in 12,794 pages. The charges against the accused persons including Hafiz Saeed and Salahuddin was filed under Sections 120B, 121, 121A and 124A of the Indian Penal Code and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
During the course of the investigation, the NIA teams conducted searches at over 60 locations spread across the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi and seized over 950 incriminating documents and over 600 electronic devices. During the investigation, over 300 witnesses were examined.
The threadbare scrutiny and analysis of the documents and digital devices established that the accused persons ie the Hurriyat leaders, the terrorists and the stone-pelters are carrying out terrorist attacks and orchestrating violence, stone-pelting and other subversive and secessionist activities in Jammu & Kashmir as a part of their well- planned criminal conspiracy hatched with the active support, connivance and funding from terrorist organisations based in Pakistan and its agencies to achieve their objective of secession of the State of Jammu & Kashmir by waging war against the Government of India.
The investigation also brought out that the secessionist and separatist leaders belonging to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference have established a network of cadres throughout Kashmir Valley who incite the youth to attack all symbols of Indian sovereignty, especially Indian security forces who are deployed there for the maintenance of law and order. Under the overall guidance and instructions from Saeed and Salahuddin, the separatist leaders of Jammu & Kashmir and stone-pelters formed strategies and action-plans to launch violent protests and communicate the same to the masses in the form of 'protest calendars' released through newspapers, social media and religious leaders, creating an atmosphere of terror and fear in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
The investigation based on scientific and oral evidences has conclusively established that for carrying out all these terrorist and subversive activities, the gang of the accused persons is receiving funds from Pakistani agencies through hawala conduits such as Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and others and are also raising funds by generating illegal profits from LoC barter trade by doing under-invoicing and cash-dealings.
The money is also routed through fake and bogus companies floated abroad and remitted to the Hurriyat leaders in Jammu & Kashmir. All these funds are then pumped by them into fuelling mass violence and terrorist activities so as to cause damage to public property, disrupt the essential services throwing normal life in Jammu & Kashmir into chaos with an intention to threaten the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India by striking terror in the minds of the public and by waging war against the Government of India.
And the accused persons are....
- Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of Lashkar-e-Tayiba
- Syed Salahuddin head of the Hizbul Mujahideen
- Aftab Ahmad Shah, member of the Hurriyat Conference
- Altaf Ahmad Shah, Public Relations Officer at Tehreek-e-Hurriyat as well as Secretary and strategist in the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction)
- Nayeem Ahmad Khan of the National Front
- Farooq Ahmad Dar, chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front
- Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Spokesperson/Media Advisor of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction)
- Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, office-bearer of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and a fund-raiser for the Hurriyat
- Bashir Ahmed, assistant to S A S Geelani
- Zahoor Ahmed Watali, hawala dealer and businessman
- Kamran Yusuf, stone pelter
- Javed Ahmed Bhat, stone pelter