Two houses attached in south Kashmir for sheltering militants

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday attached two residential houses in South Kashmir including one where a gun battle took place in 2019 that led to the killing of deputy superintendent of police and a soldier.

Besides, a residential house of alleged harbourer of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Riyaz Naikoo was also attached.

The house of Sanaullah Mir of Turigam in Kulgam district was attached by Kulgam Police after obtaining legal sanction from the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.

Police said the said house was linked in an FIR in which three hard-core terrorists were neutralised.

DSP Aman Kumar Thakur and one army man Soumveer were also killed while fighting with militants at Turigam in February 2019.

“The investigation proved beyond doubt that the said house was used for the purpose of terrorism, sheltering and harbouring terrorists,” police said.

In a similar action, Police got property of Azad Ahmad Teli of Beighpora Awantipora attached by the orders of Court of Special Judge Pulwama. The case was taken up in open Court.

Police said the case stands registered with regard to anti-terrorist operation between security forces and terrorists at Beighpora Awantipora in the residential house of Azad Ahmad Teli in which the two terrorists namely Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo alias Zubair-ul-Islam of Beighpora and Adil Ahmad Bhat of Panjran Pulwama, both affiliated with proscribed terrorist outfit HM were neutralized.

Police said the accused Teli was arrested in the instant case on June 1, 2020 for wilfully providing shelter to the two killed terrorists. The case was subsequently challaned against Azad and killed terrorists under relevant sections of law.

The investigation agency satisfied the Court that the aforementioned property has been ‘used’ in order to give shelter to known terrorists of proscribed terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and squarely falls within the definition of ‘proceeds of terrorism’.
Police said earlier the investigation agency has not got the property attachment order U/S 25 of UAPA.
“However, in the light of the clear mandate provided US 33(i) of UAPA empowering courts to take action against the properties that represent ‘proceeds of terrorism’ which have not been earlier attached by the investigation agency,” police spokesman said.

After satisfying the Court and after careful perusal of chargesheet and other available records that were produced by prosecution, the Court attached the residential house of accused Azad Teli existing on land measuring 7 marlas.
Pertinent to mention here that this kind of attachment order under section 33 UAPA is first of its kind for J&K Police.

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