NIA intensifies crackdown, attaches properties of 3 HM, JeM militants

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday attached the properties of three militants linked with various banned organisations, officials said.
The NIA said it has stepped up its vigil against militant outfits, their affiliates, agents, and overground workers (OGWs) by conducting raids on properties of terror suspects and accused across locations, and has been moving swiftly to take action in such cases.
In a statement, NIA said the immovable properties of three accused in two different cases of terror activities involving members/cadres of proscribed terrorist organizations like the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), among others.
In the first case, NIA attached the immovable properties of two accused, Doulat Ali Mugal and Ishaq Pala, in Herman Shopian tehsil in Kashmir under the UA(P) Act.
NIA said while Ishaq Pala, currently lodged in Central Jail Agra, was a militant of the Hizbul / Al-Badr organisation, Doulat Ali Mugal was an overground worker of the HM and is currently out on bail.
The former, while in Central Jail Srinagar, had conspired with his co-accused, including Riyaz Naikoo and Doulat Ali Mugal, and assisted Danish Ghulam Lone and Suhail Ahmad Bhat to cross the border from Kupwara Sector to join militant ranks and wage a war against the State. Accused Doulat Ali Mugal had provided logistic support to accused Danish Ghulam Lone and Suhail Ahmad Bhat at Kupwara when both were about to cross the LoC, NIA said.
The duo was charge-sheeted by the NIA on February 22, 2019, and charges were framed by the NIA Special Court Jammu on August 6, 2019. The properties attached on orders of NIA Special Court, include land measuring 5.5 Marla and 3.5 Marla under survey Nos.1597 Min and 1598 Min, including one double-storey house of accused Doulat Ali Mugal located at Village Manigah Kupwara, and Immoveable property in the form of two rooms under the ownership of accused Ishaq Pala at village Allora, Tehsil Herman, Shopian.
NIA launched investigations into the case in February 2018 and busted an HM module. Others arrested and charge-sheeted in the case were Danish Ghulam Lone, Suhail Ahmad Bhat, and Feeroz Ahmad Lone, while a key conspirator, Reyaz Ahmad Naikoo, a top militant of the Hizbul, was killed in an encounter with the security forces.

In the second case, the Agency attached the immovable property of accused Fayaz Ahmad Magray, an Overground Worker of JeM and currently lodged in District Jail Jhajjar, Haryana. The Property consisted of six shops constructed over land measuring 5.5 Marlas under survey No. 2664 Min at Lethpora, Pulwama, belonging to the accused.

Fayaz was charge-sheeted on August 1, 2018, for conspiring, along with local and Pakistani militants of JeM, to execute a fidayeen attack on CRPF Group Centre Lethpora, Pulwama. He carried out a recce of the CRPF centre and provided logistic support to JeM before and after the attack.

During the attack, two militants, Fardeen Ahmad Khandey and Manzoor Ahmad Baba, along with one Pakistani Abdul Shakoor, were killed inside the CRPF Group Centre Lethpora. Other key conspirator terrorists, namely Mudassir Khan and Sajjad alias Mufti Waqas (Pakistani), were killed in subsequent encounters.

The NIA launched investigations in February 2018 into the criminal conspiracy to commit acts of terror and violence in Kashmir. Its investigations led to the busting of a module of Overground Workers of JeM. Besides Fayaz Ahmad Magray, other accused arrested in the case were identified as Nissar Ahmad Tantray, Syed Hilal Andrabi, and Irshad Ahmad Reshi. All of them were subsequently charge-sheeted by the NIA.

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