NIA files chargesheet against two accused in terror conspiracy case

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against two accused, including a Pakistan National and a close associate of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Chief Maulana Masood Azhar Alvi, in the terror conspiracy case.

The terror conspiracy case related to disturbing the peace and communal harmony of Jammu & Kashmir through acts of violence and terror.

The chargesheet was filed against Mohammad Ubaid Malik a resident of Kupwara, J&K, and Muhammad Dilawar Iqbal alias Maaz Khan Kashmiri alias Maaz Khan alias Maaz Kashmiri alias Azad Kashmiri, a resident of Abbaspur, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“The duo were involved in a criminal conspiracy to carry out terrorist activities in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir by unleashing attacks on security forces and so-called ‘outsiders’,” a NIA statement said.

It said Dilwar, a close associate of JeM Chief Masood Azhar, was engaged in motivating Kashmiri youth as part of a larger conspiracy hatched by proscribed terrorist organisations and their affiliates to carry out terrorist acts and activities in the region.

According to NIA investigations, Dilwar was responsible for motivating Ubaid to join the JeM militant ranks.

“Dilawar would incite youth having a militancy background to pursue Jihad by sharing with them inflammatory audio clips and videos as well as images of Maulana Masood Azhar Alvi, showing the latter preaching radical Islam.

He also sent videos related to encounters in the Kashmir valley and would provoke the youth to pick up arms,” the NIA said.

Both the accused have been charged under sections 120B & 121A of the IPC, 1860 and Sections 18, 18B, 20 & 38 of the UA (P) Act, 1967.

The terror conspiracy case was registered by NIA suo motu on June 21, 2022.

It relates to the conspiracy hatched by terrorist organisations to unleash violent terrorist attacks in J&K with sticky bombs, IEDs and small arms, etc. as part of the Pakistan-backed terror groups’ conspiracy.

It involves radicalization of local youth and mobilization of overground workers of newly floated terrorist groups, such as The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front Jammu & Kashmir (ULFJ&K), Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind (MGH), Jammu & Kashmir Freedom Fighters (JKFF), Kashmir Tigers, PAAF and others.

These outfits are affiliated to proscribed terrorist outfits like Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr and Al-Qaeda, etc.

NIA said the Investigations in the case are ongoing with the Agency continuously working to expose and thwart the bigger conspiracy of the terrorist organisations to revive terrorism and disturb peace and communal harmony in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

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