J&K: NIA files indictment against 3 Hizbul terrorists for looting weapons to target BJP-RSS leaders

The NIA investigation revealed that three defendants used to provide logistical support and organize shelter for terrorists in Hizbul.

The accused have been identified as Jaffer Hussain, Tanveer Ahmed Malik and Taraq Hussain Giri.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a complaint against three Hizbul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorists at the NIA Special Court in Jammu. Of the six defendants, three terrorists were shot dead by security forces during a meeting, while three defendants were arrested and charged with conspiring to rekindle activism in J & K’s Kishtwar.

The lawsuit against Jaffer Hussain of Hunjalla and Taraq Hussain Giri of Pochhal in Kishtwar and Tanveer Ahmad Malik of Tantna in Doda district has been filed in a special court in Jammu, a NIA spokesperson said.

The charges will be lightened against the three other terrorists involved in the plot – Osama Bin Javed alias Osama, Haroon Abbas Wani and Zahid Hussain alias Zahid – who were killed during various meetings with the security forces between 2019-2020.

“Hussain, Malik and Giri provided logistical support and organized shelters for Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists involved in the multiple terrorist incidents”, news agency PTI quoted the NIA spokesperson.

The case was initially recorded by Jammu and Kashmir police in March 2019 at Kishtwar police station in connection with the tearing of a service weapon – an AK-47 – from the escort in charge of DC Kishtwar. The NIA re-registered the case almost eight months later, in November 2019.

The three defendants provided logistical support and organized shelter

According to NIA sources, this looted weapon was used by terrorists to kill RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his personal security guard inside a health center in April 2019. The NIA had filed a separate charge sheet in the case.

A year before Sharma’s assassination, terrorists killed BJP Secretary of State Anil Parihar and his older brother Ajit Parihar in Kishtwar.

The NIA investigation revealed that the accused Jaffer Hussain, Tanveer Ahmed Malik and Taraq Hussain Giri were Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorists in the Doda-Kishtwar belt and were involved in numerous terrorist acts in Kishtwar . They provided logistical support and organized shelters for terrorists in Hizbul.

Sources said the Hizbul module faces a huge shortage of weapons and decided to loot them to target key leaders in the region.

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