Militant-OGW nexus case: Court frames charges against four accused

SRINAGAR — The Court of Special Judge Designate under NIA Act, Srinagar on Tuesday framed charges under sections 13,18,38,39 UA(P) act, 121 and 120-B IPC against four accused persons in case FIR No.16/2022 of P/S CI-SIA Kashmir, including the Pakistan based militant Ali Kashif Jan against whom proceedings under section 299 Cr.PC have been initiated by the Court.

In a statement, the agency said that “The accused persons involved in the case include Umar Mushtaq Khan S/o Mushtaq Ahmad Khan R/o Begum Bagh Kakapora Pulwama, Murtaza Rashid Dar S/o Ab. Rashid Dar R/o Samboora District Pulwama, Sajjad Ahmad Dar S/o Gh. Nabi Dar R/o Dethoo Herpora Shangus District Anantnag and Ali Kashif Jan @ Jan Ali Kashif S/o Gohar Ali R/o Village Doisrah Tehsil/District Sharsadda, Khyber Pakhtunwa, Pakistan of Jaish-e-Mohammad – a Pakistan terrorist outfit.”

The case was registered by SIA Kashmir on 01.09.2022 on credible inputs that handlers of militant organizations in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy have created new modules of OGWs for aiding, abetting, assisting, harbouring and providing logistic support to terrorists /secessionist organizations, with intention to further terrorist and unlawful activities in the UT of J&K. These modules were operating in secrecy with adversaries and operated independently. The modules were in constant touch with handlers / members of terrorist organizations across the border through encrypted internet messaging platforms, besides others software applications.

During investigation SIA said “three local accused persons were found having clandestine connections with Pak based terrorist Ali Kashif Jan @ Ali Kashif of proscribed JeM terrorist outfit, through social media and other secret messaging apps with the object and motive to promote terrorist activities, besides procuring and supplying arms/ammunition among the terrorists for carrying out terrorist activities and waging war against the union of India.”

The State Investigation Agency Kashmir, after thorough investigation of the case presented the charge sheet against all the 04 accused persons before the Designate Court of Special Judge on 04.03.2023, the statement said adding that on Tuesday after hearing the arguments from Public prosecutor as well as the defence counsel, the Court found charges against all the accused persons well founded and accordingly framed charges against them. — (KDC)