NIA charges Hafiz Saeed and 11 others for sedition

Hafiz Saeed

India’s National Investigation Agency on Thursday filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court against terror masterminds Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jamat-ud-Dawah, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s Syed Salahuddin and 10 others for alleged terror funding and other secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The 12,792-page charge sheet was filed at Patiala House court in New Delhi.

“Hurriyat leaders, terrorists and stone-pelters are carrying out terrorist attacks and orchestrating violence, stone-pelting and other subversive and secessionist activities in J&K as part of their well-planned criminal conspiracy hatched with the active support, connivance and funding from terrorist organisations based in Pakistan,” the agency said in its charge sheet.

All the accused have been booked under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The NIA, in its probe, is said to have unearthed evidence directly linking the Hurriyat with terror masterminds Saeed and Salahuddin “under whose guidance” separatists “form strategies and action-plans” to create “an atmosphere of terror and fear” in Jammu and Kashmir.

The charge sheet also states that the accused were receiving funds from Pakistani agencies to fuel terrorist activities in the country. These funds were reportedly routed through bogus companies floated abroad and remitted to the Hurriyat leaders in Jammu & Kashmir.
NIA teams conducted searches at over 60 locations across Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi and seized over 950 documents and over 600 electronic devices incriminating the accused. More than 300 witnesses were examined during the probe, the agency said.

The other accused include Aftab Shah, media advisor and strategist of Mirwaiz faction of the Hurriyat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, son-in law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the secretary and strategist of Geelani faction of Hurriyat, Nayeem Khan, a senior leader in APHC, Bitta Karate, a Hurriyat leader, and Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Geelani’s personal assistant.

Kamran Yusuf, an independent photographer in Kashmir, is also included in the chargesheet and he has been accused of stone-pelting.