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NIA takes over case of alleged ISIS sympathisers from Kerala police, books five people

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has lodged a case against five alleged ISIS sympathisers, hailing from Kerala’s Kannur district, the agency said today.The central probe agency said it took over the case from the Kerala police, which had booked the five men in October.The NIA case against the five was registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for “being members of the proscribed terrorist organisation, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh, and for supporting the organisation by travelling out of India to join the terrorist organisation in Syria and fight on its behalf.” The five accused are — Midhilaj (26), Abdul Rasak (34), Rashid M V (24), Manaf Rahman (42) and Hamsa U K (57).

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Man held for making hoax call to NIA

According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 14 December 2017 1:25 ISTMust readMy husband was sleeping, says wife of ‘molester’Crammed planes a global norm; experts say focus on etiquette<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Gamdevi police have registered a case against a 35-year-old man for allegedly making a hoax call to National Investigation Agency and Prime Minister’s office about the chemical attack in Gujarat during the election.According to the police, the NIA had received a call from an unknown person claiming that there would be a chemical attack in Gujarat during the election. Following the call, the central agency and other police authorities had begun the investigation and they found nothing suspicious and that the call was a hoax. The agency traced the call to Mira Road and identified the caller as Irshad Shaikh from Mira Road. A case was then lodged at the Gamdevi police station on Tuesday. According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByVallabh Ozarkar <!–end of artlbotbor–>Wednesday 13 December 2017 11:02 ISTMust readUttar Pradesh: French tourists molested, thrashed in Mirzapur, eight accused nabbed Karnataka: Protest in Kumta turns violent over death of activist Paresh Mesta <!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Gamdevi police has registered a case against a 35-year-old man for allegedly making hoax call to National Investigation Agency about the chemical attack in Gujarat during election.According to the police, the NIA had recently received a call from unknown person claiming that there would be chemical attack in Gujarat during the assembly election. Following the call the national agency and other police authorities had begin the investigation and they found that the call was hoax. The agency traced the call to Mira Road and identified the caller as Irshad Shaikh from Mira Road. A case was then lodged at the Gamdevi police station on Tuesday.According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS that the caller is from Mira Road. Thr ATS promptly swung into action and has detained Shaikh. During interrogation he revealed that he made the call to trap a person who had enmity with him.A case has been registered under section 505 and 182 of Indian Penal Code.

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NIA arrests man assisting Lashkar-e-Taiba in J&K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a man from Jammu and Kashmir for his alleged activities related to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the country.The arrested person has been identified as Tauseef Ahmed Malik (25), a resident of Pulwama.The arrest has been made with the assistance of Jammu and Kashmir police.He was later produced in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Pulwama which granted his transit remand for four days.The accused will be brought to Delhi and produced before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House soon.The role of Tauseef came to light after Nayeem, who was arrested earlier by the NIA from Aurangabad, during his interrogation revealed his name.He has also remained in contact with Nayeem since March 2017 when the latter had visited Pulwama and stayed with LeT terrorists for three months.

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Cops nab arms supplier believed to be involved in RSS leader’s murder

Ghaziabad Police finally managed to nab Malook, believed to be involved in the killing of RSS leader, from his home in Ghaziabad on Thursday.”Malook was arrested from the Seemapuri border area in Sahibabad. A .32 bore revolver along with three live cartridges were recovered from him. Malook has over a dozen cases registered against him and is stated to be a prominent arms supplier,” said a senior police officer.Earlier, NIA and Uttar Pradesh officers had been attacked by a mob who tried to shield him when they had gone to raid his home on December 3. A constable was injured during the attempted raid to apprehend and question Malook in connection with the murder of Ludhiana RSS leader Ravinder Gosain.The raids were being carried out at Pilakhuwa Dehat village located on the outskirts of Ghaziabad.Police said that while investigating the murder case of Gosain, names of several arms suppliers, who had supplied the firearms to the accused in Punjab, had cropped up. A team of NIA officers, along with the help of the UP police, conducted a raid in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and apprehended the suspected arms dealers from Meerut.On gathering further information, the officers then raided the residence of another suspect Malook in Pilakhuwa Dehat, Ghaziabad on Sunday morning, which led to clashes with the mob.They managed to finally apprehend him on Thursday.In another incident, a 28-year old man who supplies arms to various criminals in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, NCR, and Haryana has been arrested by the Dwarka police. Mohammad Intezar has supplied over 400 pistols to several gangsters in the last six months.The gang members communicated in code words such as bhains and machine to escape the police dragnet. Twenty seven improvised pistols and a stolen Maruti car have been recovered from them. The recovered weapons were manufactured with high proficiency making it extremely difficult for anyone to identify them as imitations.
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NIA questions Shafin Jahan again in Hadiya conversion case

The National Investigation Agency today questioned Shafin Jahan, days after the Supreme Court gave its nod to it to continue its probe into his marriage with Hadiya, a Kerala woman at the centre of an alleged love-jihad case.Jahan was questioned a week after the Apex Court gave its nod to carry on investigation into the conversion of Hadiya and her marriage with him.NIA sources said the probe team “re-examined” Jahan today for clarifying certain facts from his earlier statement.They, however, did not elaborate as the matter is sub-judice.The NIA had earlier investigated Jahan and submitted its statement before the Supreme Court.Also readKerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Before marriage, Hadiya’s husband was in touch with ISIS men, says NIAThe marriage of the couple was annulled by the Kerala High Court last December after her father alleged that his daughter was being indoctrinated and may be taken ISIS territories in Iraq and Syria by extremist Islamic outfits.”We make it clear that the NIA investigation shall continue in accordance with law,” the Supreme Court had said last week while allowing the 24-year-old woman to resume her studies at the homoeopathic college in Tamil Nadu’s Salem.Also readKerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college deanShe was placed under her parents’ custody since her marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court.
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NIA team probing RSS leader’s murder attacked in Ghaziabad

A mob fired and attacked a joint team of National Investigating Agency (NIA) and Uttar Pradesh police officials leading to a constable being injured while they were conducting a raid in connection with the murder of Ludhiana RSS leader Ravinder Gosain. The raids were being carried out at Pilakhuwa Dehat on the outskirts of Ghaziabad. Police have also arrested a person said to be involved in the firing incident.While investigating the murder case of Gosain, names of several arms supplier, who had supplied the firearms to the accused in Punjab, had cropped up. A team of NIA officials, along with the help of the UP police, conducted a raid in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and apprehended the suspected arms dealers from Meerut. On developing further information, the officers raided the residence of another suspect Malook in Pilakhuwa Dehat, Ghaziabad on Sunday morning.The NIA, in a statement issued, said that a large crowd of men and women tried to obstruct them while they were conducting a raid.”Some people in the mob also began firing followed by stone-pelting. The mob also caused multiple roadblocks to obstruct the officials in the discharge of their duties. In self-defence, the UP Police as well as the NIA officers fired in the air,” read the statement.Constable Tahjib Khan of the Uttar Pradesh Police got injured in his leg and the police vehicle was also vandalised by the mob. It appears that the mob tried to shield the suspect, Malook, who is wanted in connection with the supply of arms and ammunition used in the killing of Ravinder Gosain in Punjab.After questioning several persons, a person identified as Nazim was arrested in connection with the firing incident.On November 30, the NIA registered the case to probe the killing of Gosain under various sections of the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Gosain, the ‘Mukhya Shikshak’ of the Mohan shakha of the RSS, was shot dead outside his residence in Ludhiana’s Gagandeep Colony on the morning of October 17, by two unidentified assailants riding a motorbike.The Punjab Police, which was earlier probing the case, arrested two people — Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh — a few days after the incident. “It has also come to light that a conspiracy to destabilise Punjab has been hatched by Sikh extremist elements and others located in various parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan,” the NIA spokesman had said.He added that investigation conducted so far revealed channelling of funds from foreign countries for the execution of these incidents. The conspiracy also included an element of ideological brainwashing and incitement of the accused on religious grounds by their mentors settled abroadFOREIGN FUNDSNIA spokesman said that investigation conducted so far revealed channelling of funds from foreign countries for the execution of these incidents.
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Hadiya case | Brinda Karat slams NIA for interrogating couples in inter-community marriages

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has accused the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of being out on a “fishing expedition” in Kerala and interrogating couples in inter-caste or inter-community marriages.The party’s politburo member said instead of celebrating inter-caste and inter-community marriages as “symbols of India s open and liberal approach”, there was a campaign against them.”The NIA is on a fishing expedition having already interrogated 89 such couples in Kerala,” Karat said in the latest issue of party organ ‘People’s Democracy’, while referring to the Hadiya case.Also readKerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college deanShe was critical of the central agency’s role in probing such marriages, referred to as “love jehad” by Hindutva forces.”An agency whose proclaimed mandate is to investigate offences related to terrorism has now expanded its mandate by order of the Supreme Court to unearth so-called conspiracies of Muslim men luring Hindu women into marriage and forcibly converting them with the aim of joining the Islamic State,” she said in the article.Also readWant to meet my husband, hope authorities will allow: Hadiya after reaching collegeThe underlying assumption, she said, was that Hindu women who married Muslims had “no minds of their own”.”Her (Hadiya’s) case reveals how deeply the current climate created by sectarian ideologies based on a narrow reading of religious identity has pushed back women’s rights to autonomy as equal citizens. From the government to the courts, to the strengthening of conservative and regressive thinking and practice, it’s all out there in Hadiya’s case,” Karat wrote.She also hailed Hadiya’s unequivocal stand in court.”It was the courage of her conviction that stood out. She wanted to be treated as a human being. She wanted her faith to be respected. She wanted to study. She wanted to be with her husband. And, most importantly, she wanted her freedom,” the former Member of Parliament said.Karat said she appreciated the Supreme Court “for not allowing itself to be converted into a khap panchayat” and charged the NIA counsel supported by the legal counsel of the Central government with portraying it as a case of “indoctrination and brainwashing in a conspiracy of ‘love jehad’ which they claimed rendered Hadiya incapacitated and invalidated her consent”.”The NIA wanted the court to study the documents it claimed it had as evidence before they heard Hadiya. For one and a half hours, this young woman stood in open court hearing arguments about herself, against herself and her chosen partner. It was shameful, humiliating and set an unfortunate precedent,” she said.The Left leader emphasised that Hadiya’s case brought into focus the right to practise and propagate the religion of one s choice under the Constitution.Karat expressed the hope that the apex court would “act in a way which strengthens women s rights unencumbered by subjective interpretations of tradition and communal readings of what constitutes national interest”.Hadiya had said in the apex court last week that she wanted to go with her husband, Shafin Jahan.The 24-year-old Kerala woman had converted to Islam, changing her name from Akhila to Hadiya, and married Jahan.The marriage was challenged by her parents in court.Jahan moved court after their marriage was annulled by the Kerala high court and against the high court court s order directing the NIA to probe the case.The Supreme Court last week allowed Hadiya, till now in the custody of her parents, to resume her studies at a homoeopathy college in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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Kerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college dean

Kerala woman Hadiya on Wednesday said that she was “still not free” and not able to meet her husband. A few hours later, she was able to talk to her husband, said College Dean of the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College. Hadiya was very happy and relieved after talking to her husband, G Kannan, principal of the college, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. There are no restriction on her, Kannan was quoted as saying in the media reports. Hadiya, who is at the center of Kerala love-jihad case said on Wednesday that she wants total freedom and also wants to meet her husband. On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed the 24-year-old to go to Tamil Nadu’s Salem to continue her homeopathic studies, away from parental supervision.A day after arriving at the college, Hadiya said she is only asking for her fundamental rights. “I asked for freedom from the court… I do not know whether I got it… I have no phone, haven’t contacted anyone whom I like (so far),” she told reporters.Her marriage had been annulled in May by the Kerala High Court on her father’s appeal after Akhila Ashokan converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan in 2016. Her father had said the marriage was a form of recruitment by terror group ISIS and she was to be sent to Syria.For the past six months, she said, “I was talking to people (parents) l did not like because of their harassment,” she said.Jahan has challenged the High Court order and also a sanction was given by the apex court to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe allegations of Hindu women being lured by members of terror outfits.The larger issue on the court’s right to intrude on an individual’s autonomy and the reports prepared by NIA on the dangers of forced radicalisation will be taken up in the third week of January.
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Love Jihad case: Hadiya to be taken back to medical college, SC appoints Dean as her guardian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Kerala love jihad case, with Hadiya alias Akhila present before it. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.In front of the Supreme Court, answering question about her future plans, Hadiya said that she wants her freedom back. Hadiya also said she has been in unlawful custody for the last 11 months. Hadiya pledged to be a good doctor but also wanted to be true to her faith. After listening to Hadiya, SC ordered state government to provide protection to her so that she can complete her studies peacefully. However, SC overruled Hadiya’s wish for her husband to be guardian for medical college, and appointed the college dean to do the duty. She will be now taken to Kerala on Tuesday. Earlier, CJI said that he has never seen a case like this, and the bench said normally they would just listen to the woman and take a call, but this is not an ordinary case.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of storyThe 24-year-old, Hadiya, has been in the headlines after she converted to Islam, following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. Jahan moved the apex court in September seeking recall of SC’s earlier order directing National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter, which has famously been dubbed as Kerala ‘love jihad’ case. The case reached Supreme Court after Kerala High Court annulled their marriage. Hadiya’s parents have been alleging that her marriage was a case of love jihad, or forceful conversion through marriage.The Highest Court had also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the alleged link of love Jihad angle to the case.

Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of story

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kerala-based woman Hadiya, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, will on Monday appear before the Supreme Court and present her side of the argument on her alleged forced conversion to Islam. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.On Sunday, Hadiya told reporters at Cochin Airport that she hadn’t been forcefully converted. “I have not been forcefully converted. I want to live with my husband Sheffin Jahan.” The 25-year-old is currently living with her parents who have alleged that her marriage to Muslim man was ‘forced’ The top court had on August 16 said it would speak to the woman in-camera before taking a final decision on the matter.It has later modified the order saying “We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court.”The apex court had earlier observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained amid an assertion by National Investigation Agency (NIA) that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage.The NIA had referred to “psychological kidnapping” and said that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent.It had also alleged that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.He had moved the top court after the Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

Love jihad case: Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing for in-camera proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the father of a Kerala-based woman, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, that interaction with the woman be conducted in- camera.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that it will deal with this plea on November 27 itself when the woman would be brought before it for interaction.The counsel for Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, sought an urgent hearing on his plea saying that it would become infructuous if the earlier order mandating open court interaction is not modified.The apex court had on October 30 directed that the woman be produced before it on November 27 for an interaction in open court.Asokan referred to the communally sensitive nature of the case and sought in-camera interaction on some grounds including that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family.The top court had on August 16 said it would speak to the woman in-camera before taking a final decision on the matter.It has later modified the order saying “We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court.”The apex court had earlier observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained amid an assertion by National Investigation Agency (NIA) that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage.The NIA had referred to “psychological kidnapping” and said that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent.It had also alleged that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported.The NIA had claimed that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.He had moved the top court after the Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

NIA takes over probe into murder of UP retired principal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency has taken over the probe into the murder of a retired principal in Uttar Pradesh from the state Anti Terrorism Squad. It has been alleged that victim Ramesh Chandra Shukla was killed by members of the Islamic State.Shukla, principal of Atma Prakash Brahmachari Junior High School in Chakeri of Kanpur, was shot dead during his morning walk in October last year.According to the ATS, members of IS’s Khorasan module killed Shukla as part of a ‘target practice’. The agency learnt about this while investigating their role in the Ujjain-Bhopal passenger train blast in March this year.With the same group allegedly behind the blast and murder, authorities decided to allow one agency to probe both cases.A day after the blast, ATS sleuths conducted an 11-hour encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow in which Kanpur-based IS operative Saifullah was killed. Subsequently, NIA arrested right members of the cell from Kanpur and various cities of Madhya Pradesh.During investigation, the ATS found that the spent cartridges recovered from the spot of Shukla’s killing matched the arms and ammunition recovered from Saifullah’s hideout.Meanwhile, one of the arrested terror suspect Atif Muzaffar told the NIA that he had nothing against Shukla and he became a target of their shooting practice. He and Moahmmad Danish killed Shukla while practising with 30 calibre pistol, which they bought from Fakre Alam of Etawah.In its charge sheet in Ujjain-Bhopal Express blast, NIA made reference of Shukla’s murder. Since the case was with the state police, they wrote to the Uttar Pradesh director general of police seeking permission to hand over the case to the NIA. Last week, the national agency took over the case.

NIA registers case in killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has registered a case in connection with the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana, nearly a month after the Punjab government decided to hand over the investigation to the central probe agency.Gosain, 60, was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked by two unidentified bike-borne assailants in Ludhiana last month. He died on the spot while the attackers fled.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had decided to hand over the probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while announcing Rs 5 lakh compensation for the deceased’s family and a government job for one of his progeny.The NIA, in compliance of the Ministry of Home Affairs order, has re-registered the case under sections 10, 12 and 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and section 25 of the Arms Act at Jodhewal police station on Thursday, the spokesman said.An NIA team from New Delhi has reached Ludhiana to take over the investigation.On October 17, two unidentified persons killed Gosain, Chief of Raghunathnagar Shakha of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Ludhiana, while he was sitting outside his house.Initially, a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Gagan Ajit Singh was formed by the state government to probe the case.Gosain, who lost his wife to cancer some years ago, is survived by four children.The killing of the RSS leader was the latest in a series of murderous attacks on right-wing and religious leaders in Punjab. This was the eighth such incident in the state since 2016.

Rajasthan: NIA busts fake note exchange gang in Dholpur, three detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted a gang and detained three men in Dholpur involved in cheating people on pretext of exchange of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The NIA had been investigating a case and after developing a lead, the men were detained and later handed over to Dholpur police. Moreover the NIA officials even recovered two kilogram gold from the possession of the men.While investigating a case last year, the NIA had learnt that an inter-state gang was active for past several years in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal which used to lure people in exchanging high quality fake Indian currency notes or provide unbilled golf biscuits at throwaway rates. Interestingly the gold recovered by NIA is in shape of biscuits numbering twenty and weighing hundred grams each. The NIA has sent the biscuits for testing to verify the genuineness. While investigating the FICN related case, the NIA had recovered fake currency of face value Rs. 9.80 lakhs on 31st March last year from the possession of Nasir Sheikh near Indo-Bangladesh border. He was arrested on the spot, however his associate from Bangladesh namely Darul Sheikh escaped. A reliable input was received on Saturday that the same Bangladeshi absconder Darul Sheikh along with other associates were trying to strike a deal in fake currency at Dholpur. The NIA teams swung into action and detained three suspects. The accused have been identified as Rashid Khan alias Biza,Gagan Kumar Vyas alias Tiwari and Iqbal Ahmad Ansari. The accused have been handed over to Dholpur police.

NIA urges court to attach Naik’s assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday approached the NIA Court pleading it to attach some properties of Islamic Research Foundation’s (IRF) founder Zakir Naik, claiming that a proclamation notice was issued against him and thus it was essential to attach his properties. This plea was opposed by the defence claiming it was illegal. The court is yet to pass orders in the application.NIA in their plea claimed that he was declaimed as a proclaimed offence in June 2017 and thus under the proclamation act, it was essential to attach his properties.The list given by the NIA includes the controversial televangelist’s properties in Mazgaon. Naik owns two flats in Maria heights, two flats in Jasmine apartments and one in Crystal residency.The defence however challenged the issuance of the proclaimation order. They claimed the order was illegal as there was no proper procedure followed and thus the demand made by the NIA deserves to be rejected.The court would pass orders on the application on the next date. Meanwhile Arshi Qureshi, who was arrested in the same matter as a preacher, was denied bail by the court on Monday.A case had been registered against Naik in November 2016 under Sections 153A of Indian Penal Code and Sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. IRF has already been declared as an Unlawful Association by Government of India as per a notification dated November 17, 2016.

Defamation case filed against Kamal Haasan after Hindu terror remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after actor Kamal Haasan’s controversial remarks about ‘Hindu terror’, a case of defamation has been filed against him for hurting religions sentiments. The matter will be heard in Varanasi tomorrow, reported ANI.Kamal Haasan has been booked under section 500 (punishment for defamation), 511, 298 (hurting religious sentiment), 295 A (intent to outrage religious feeling), 505 C (attempt to incite hatred and enmity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday deplored actor Kamal Haasan’s “Hindu terrorism” remark and said that making such irresponsible statements without any evidence only reflects his sick mind.Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said that Haasan is emerging as an irresponsible political aspirant with each passing day.
ALSO READ If you have evidence place it before NIA or apologise: Twitter furious over Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu terror’ remark‘If there is any evidence to prove that a Hindu terrorism exists, Kamal Haasan should provide those to NIA or to probe agency to punish those who indulged in such activities. Making such irresponsible statement without any evidence or basis only reflects his sick mind. It is very unfortunate. I completely disagree with him and deplore this sick attitude of Kamal Haasan,’ he said.Haasan, in his column in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan, wrote, “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and what they stated to do is use muscle power. They started indulging in violence.’”The right wing cannot challenge talk of Hindu terrorists because terror has spread into their camp as well,” wrote the Tamil film icon.Haasan’s remark drew flaw from various quarters especially BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao compared the actor with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saee and said that by passing such remarks all these people have given Pakistan an upper hand.”There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shindey saying it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,” Rao told ANI.RSS leader Rakesh Sinha also expressed anguish over Haasan remark and demanded his apology for ‘hurting and defaming Hindu civilization for his petty political end.’With inputs from ANI

Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf suspended from J&K government job

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday suspended Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizbul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, from his agriculture department job.Last month, Shahid Yousuf was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the 2011 terror funding case.Syed Shahid Yousuf, is a post graduate in Agriculture and since 2013 he was working in the Department of Agriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, as Village Agriculture Extension Assistant at his village Soibugh, Budgam. The NIA had said that Syed Shahid Yousuf, over the years, has been receiving and collecting funds through International wire money transfer from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat alias Aijaz Magbool Bhat, member of HM, an absconder in the case.The NIA has already filed two charge sheets against six accused persons in this case in 2011. Out of these six charge-sheeted accused, four including Ghulam Mohd Bhat, close associate of SAS Geelani, Chairman, Tehrik—e -Hurriyat G, are in judicial custody and facing the trial in the Special Court NIA, New Delhi and other two namely Mohd Magbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat are still absconding.The NIA in a statement also said that Syed Shahid Yousuf is one of the several Indian contacts of Aijaz Ahmed Bhat who have been in telephonic contact with him to receive the money transfer codes.In the recent case, the NIA has arrested 10 people including some close kin and aides of Geelani.

NIA files charge sheet against Zakir Naik, to probe his assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a charge sheet against controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, his banned NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), and Harmony Media Private Limited (HMPL) in a Sessions Court in Mumbai. In the charge sheet, the agency cited a few alleged “inflammatory and derogatory” statements of Naik. The 4,000-page charge sheet also contains statements of 150 witnesses. Naik has been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code.According to NIA, the investigation brought on record that in September 2012, during Ganpati festival, two quotes of Naik taken from his speech delivered earlier in Srinagar were uploaded on his Facebook account by IRF for public view. The quotes read: “If you prove to me that Shri Ganesh is Bhagwaan, then I will eat the prasaad,” and “If your Bhagwaan cannot recognise his own son (Sri Ganesh), how will he recognise me if I fall into any difficulty?””The religious sentiment of Hindus was deeply hurt by these insulting and deriding comments. Probe revealed that Naik admitted before the Supreme Court that the said controversial quotations were posted on his Facebook account by an employee of the IRF named Asif Sheikh. Although Naik told the court that Sheikh was no longer an employee, investigation has revealed that he continued to work in the same capacity but his name was removed from the list of IRF employees to cover up the matter; and he was shown as an employee of another outfit styled as ‘Islamic Dimensions’,” said an NIA official.”The investigation revealed that the IRF and the IRF Educational Trust have received huge amounts as donations from the public in India and also from abroad. But most of the acknowledgment receipts have only ‘Well wisher’ written on the dotted lines for the donor’s name. I t also revealed that Naik’s sister Nailah Naushad Noorani was a trustee of IRF Educational Trust along with him. When Naik became an NRI in 2013, he appointed Noorani as Director in HMPL as well as in Longlast Constructions Company, in his place. It was found that she was Director on paper only, and all the affairs of the companies were handled by her brother. She signed the cheques on the instruction of her brother and had no knowledge of the company affairs. Furthermore, she had received Rs29 crore from Naik through her parent’s bank account between 2013 and 2016. This money was invested in HMPL and Longlast Constructions Company as per Naik’s instructions,” said the officer.He added that huge amounts have been received by domestic and foreign entities and individuals related to Naik. Also, a huge quantity of cash has been generated in the system by entities and individuals connected to Naik ans this has been invested in real estate and holding companies.The investigation has revealed that there are 19 immovable properties, including land and building, worth Rs 104 crore connected with Zakir Naik. The source and the mode of acquisition of these properties are being investigated by NIA.Probe further revealed that Naik is the founding trustee and a member of IRF, which as per the agency, is an Unlawful Association. “He has conspired with the IRF Trust and the HMPL to commit offences of promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through his public speeches and lectures. The probe firmly establishes that the incriminating public speeches/utterings have been in circulation through the electronic media, such as CD/DVD and web portals Facebook/YouTube, etc.; and have been, and continue to be seen across the world. These speeches were forwarded to the Global Broadcast Corporation, Dubai, for broadcast in Peace TV. The minutes of IRF board of trustees’ meetings disclose that IRF had approved, organised, promoted and funded public lectures of Naik including his incriminating speeches. The seized material such as DVDs and books list IRF as the publisher,” said the official.As per the agency, many incriminating speeches of Naik were delivered during the peace conferences organised by IRF in Mumbai from 2007 to 2011. The minutes of IRF Board of Trustee’s meetings confirm that IRF had planned, organised, funded and promoted these events where there was open exhortation to convert people of other religion into Islam by Naik. Nine speeches or utterings of Naik were found to be inflammatory as they hurt the religious sentiments, besides inciting violence.

J&K: Deputy CM says talks can be held even with arrested separatists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Tuesday said talks can be held even with those separatists arrested by the NIA, as the Centre asserted that the newly-appointed interlocutor will decide on whom to engage within the troubled state.The main opposition party Congress, meanwhile, said it doubted the “intent” of the NDA government in resolving the Kashmir issue, and alleged that it appointed an interlocutor towards the end of its rule “only for publicity”.Former Intelligence Bureau(IB) chief Dineshwar Sharma has been appointed by the Centre as its special representative for a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in J and K, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace in the border state.The J and K government welcomed Sharma’s appointment, observing that dialogue was the only way forward to address the Kashmir issue in the larger interest of peace and stability in the state while the state unit of the BJP asked all stakeholders to “give peace a chance”.”As far as dialogue is concerned, if it is felt that those people, even if they are behind the bars, they can be consulted, no problem in that, because it is happening. It happens everywhere,” Nirmal Singh told reporters in Srinagar.He was responding to a question as to whether Sharma would hold talks with the separatists who have been arrested by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) or are under the investigating agency’s scanner.”Actually, we must not link the two things (talks and NIA investigations) because NIA is an autonomous body. It has its mandate and NIA has found certain acts which are not as per the law. So, NIA is taking action,” he added.Nirmal Singh said talks could be held with the separatists and they should come forward with their grievances with an open mind.”If there are grievances, then they should be placed on table with an open mind and there are no preconditions. Talks should be held and what would happen would be decided later.” “As our Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) has said that all stakeholders can come. In our (PDP-BJP) Agenda of Alliance, on whose basis our government was formed, we have made it clear that the Jammu and Kashmir government will try to create an environment in which talks can happen because talks are the only solution,” he said.The deputy chief minister termed the announcement of talks as a right step in right direction.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh when asked by reporters if Sharma would hold talks with the separatist organisation Hurriyat Conference, as suggested by some state politicians, responded by saying, “It depends upon him(Sharma) whom he talks to or engages with”.Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the 56th Raising Day parade of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in Greater Noida, near Delhi.The minister ducked questions by reporters on what signals the Indian government sought to send to Pakistan with the appointment of the interlocutor.Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Congress and other opposition parties had asked the government to talk to all stakeholders to resolve the “political issue” in the Valley through confidence-building measures rather than “hot pursuit”, but it “wasted” three-and-a-half years during which many precious lives were lost.”We are not opposing the decision of the government. But at the fag end of their tenure, they have done this. This is only for publicity. This government has no Kashmir policy.They have no policy on demonetisation, GST, farmers issues and unemployment. We doubt their intent as they have no policy,” Azad said at a joint press conference of opposition leaders in Delhi.A meeting of the J and K Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last evening welcomed the Centre’s decision, an official spokesperson said in Srinagar.The Cabinet observed that dialogue is the only way forward to address the issue in the larger interest of peace and stability in the state.It noted that the initiative is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech that laid emphasis on embracing the people of J and K.BJP state unit’s chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi asked stakeholders to avail of the opportunity to usher in peace.

Terror funding case: Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin’ son Shahid Yusuf arrested by NIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) chief Mohd Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf in connection with the 2011 terror funding case.Shahid Yousuf was summoned by the agency to New Delhi for questioning on October 16 in a case registered against Hizbul Mujahideen in Delhi .”Syed Shahid Yousuf, over the years, has been receiving and collecting funds through International wire money transfer from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat alias Aijaz Magbool Bhat, member of HM, an absconder in the case,” said NIA in a release.Syed Shahid Yousuf, is a post graduate in Agriculture and since 2013 has been working in the Department of Agriculture, Jammu and Kashmir, as Village Agriculture Extension Assistant at his village Soibugh, Budgam. The NIA has already filed two charge sheets against six accused persons in this case in 2011. Out of these six charge-sheeted accused, four including Ghulam Mohd Bhat, close associate of SAS Geelani, Chairman, Tehrik—e -Hurriyat G, are in judicial custody and facing the trial in the Special Court NIA, New Delhi and other two namely Mohd Magbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat are still absconding.Red Notice has already been issued against both the absconding accused persons. The NIA in a statement also said that Syed Shahid Yousuf is one of the several Indian contacts of Aijaz Ahmed Bhat who have been in telephonic contact with him to receive the money transfer codes.Syed Shahid Yousuf will be taken on Police custody remand for further interrogation and investigation.

Controversial preacher Zakir Naik to be chargesheeted by NIA this week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik will be chargesheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) this week for his alleged role in terror funding and money laundering cases in the country, officials said.The formalities to file the chargesheet against Naik, who left the country in July last year, have been completed and it will be submitted before a special court this week, they said. The 51-year-old televangelist, who is currently abroad, is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA. He fled from India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches. The NIA had on November 18, 2016, registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union Home Ministry.Naik is said to have acquired citizenship of Saudi Arabia but this has not been confirmed yet.The controversial preacher has been accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years. Naik, a medical doctor-turned preacher, during his interactions with the Indian media from broad has repeatedly denied all the charges. The Interpol was approached against Naik after a year- long probe during which the NIA gathered evidence on his IRF and Peace TV being used to allegedly promote hatred between different religious groups.Besides banning his NGO, the central government has taken his TV channel off air. The passport of Naik was also been revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs at the request of the NIA earlier this year. The NIA had thrice issued notices under the Code of Criminal Procedure section 160 to Naik, asking him to join the investigation, but he did not appear before it. The section authorises a police officer to call somebody if it appeared the person seemed to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case in question.Thereafter, on April 21, the Additional Sessions Judge presiding over the NIA Special Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him. On June 15, the court issued proclamation order seeking Naik’s appearance before it.After Naik failed to comply with these directives, the anti-terror agency requested the Ministry of External Affairs to revoke his passport. The Mumbai-based preacher came under the lens of security agencies after some terrorists allegedly involved in the attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July last year reportedly claimed they were inspired by his speeches.

Juvenile involved in Patna blasts that targetted Modi in 2013 gets three years in remand home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Juvenile Justice Board has held a juvenile guilty of being involved in multiple blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya in 2013 and sentenced him to three years in a remand home in each of the cases, the NIA said today.The Juvenile Justice Board, Patna, in its first judgment in Patna and Bodh Gaya serial blasts cases, has held guilty the juvenile accused, who was involved in the conspiracy of carrying out explosions in both the places.The juvenile has been sentenced to three years in a remand home under each case, a release by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said.Multiple blasts at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan took place on October 27, 2013 during the ‘Hunkar’ rally of the BJP’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, in which six people were killed and 89 injured.On July 7 that year, the Bodh Gaya temple complex was rocked by a series of explosion just after the morning prayer.As many as 13 bombs were planted, out of which 10 exploded while three live bombs were defused.It appeared that the blasts were carried out with an intention to kill people, including foreign pilgrims, especially Buddhists in order to create terror at a place of worship, the NIA, which probed both the incidents, said.During the investigation, the agency found that the juvenile was involved in the conspiracy of carrying out blasts in both the places.So far, 11 accused have been arrested in the Patna blasts case. Six have been arrested in the Bodh Gaya explosions case.Trials in both the cases are in an advanced stage and judgments are expected soon, the NIA said.

Ravi Shankar Prasad slams Kerala government; says it has a soft corner for terrorism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday hit out at the Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan-led government, saying it had a soft corner for terrorism.”Is it fair or right for the Kerala government to move the Supreme Court to say that you don’t allow the NIA, we are doing our job? Is that the Kerala government doing its job? The Kerala government is very soft on terrorism and their patent,” Prasad said.Prasad further added that Vijayan shared the dias with Abdul Nasser Madani, one of the main accused in the 2008 Bengaluru blasts and allegedly responsible for the deaths of 38 people. “Didn’t P Vijayan share dias with Madani and said he isn’t terrorist? How can CM share dias with man responsible for killing 38 ppl?” Prasad asked.On October 7, the Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that there is no need for an NIA probe in the alleged love jihad case.The government told the top court that the claims made by the National Investigation Agency that there was a ‘pattern’ in the way religious conversions were taking place in Kerala were false.The state government also said that the probe done by the Kerala Police has not revealed any startling fact that merits an NIA investigation.It must be noted that earlier, the Kerala government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections.The affidavit by the Kerala government comes days after the Supreme Court observed that ‘a father can’t dictate life of a 24-year-old daughter’ while hearing the ‘Love Jihad’ case.In fact, the top court had also question the Kerala High Court how it could annul the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 26.Shafeen Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December last year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders.In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.

Hadiya case: Central govt trying to vilify peaceful atmosphere in Kerala, alleges advocate Dushyant Dave

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior advocate Dushyant Dave on Monday alleged in the Supreme Court that the Central government was trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Kerala.Addressing the Hadiya case that involved the allegedly forcible marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy, Dave alleged that the National Investigation Agency had played into the hands of the Centre. “Your Amit Shah had gone to Kerala,” Dave claimed in court in front of Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who took strong objection to Dave’s words, as reported in Bar and Bench, who said, :You are trying to browbeat the other side by making obnoxious statements.”This resulted in a war of words, prompting the court to adjourn the hearing to October 30. Earlier, the Kerala government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that there is no need for an NIA probe in the alleged love jihad case.The Pinarayi Vijayan government told the top court that the claims made by the National Investigation Agency that there was a ‘pattern’ in the way religious conversions were taking place in Kerala were false. The state government also said that the probe done by the Kerala Police has not revealed any startling fact that merits an NIA investigation. It must be noted that earlier, the Kerala government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections.The affidavit by the Kerala government comes days after the Supreme Court observed that ‘a father can’t dictate life of a 24-year-old daughter’ while hearing the ‘Love Jihad’ case. In fact, the top court had also question the Kerala High Court how it could annul the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 26. Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment. Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders. In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.

Jammu & Kashmir MLA appears before NIA for questioning in terror funding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, popularly known as Rashid Engineer, on Tuesday appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to the funding of terror activities in Kashmir, officials said.Rashid, who is an independent MLA from Langate assembly seat in north Kashmir, is the first mainstream politician to have been summoned by the NIA in the case.Rashid, who walked into the NIA headquarters with a file and documents, said he had nothing to hide.”After trial in the media started about my name, I had approached the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to initiate a probe and find out the truth,” he told reporters before entering the NIA office.The MLA said he had full faith in the justice system.His name had cropped up during the interrogation of businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the NIA for allegedly supplying money to terror groups and separatists in the Valley.The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, officials said.The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: Father can’t dictate personal life of a 24-year-old daughter, says Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Can a father dictate personal life his 24-year-old daughter? No, said the Supreme Court while hearing the Kerala ‘love jihad case’ on Tuesday.The top court, in fact, questioned how the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 226.According to The Hindu, Chief Justice of India Deepal Misra said that father can’t insist on his daughter’s custodyDefence Counsel Dushyant Dave argued that the probe by the National Investigation Agency in the case ‘strikes at the very foundation of multi-religious society’.The next hearing has been scheduled for October 9.Shafeen Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December last year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders.In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.The Kerala Government has said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections.The Supreme Court said that after getting inputs from the NIA and Kerala Police probe, it would interview Akhila to ascertain her views.

NIA summons Kashmir MLA for questioning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After separatists, it is the turn of mainstream politicians to face the music of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir.The NIA has summoned independent MLA from Langate constituency Sheikh Abdul Rasheed for questioning in the terror funding case on October 3 at its headquarters in New Delhi.Rasheed, however, said the summons were politically motivated and asserted he would continue to call spade a spade whatsoever be the cost. Rasheed, who heads the Awami Ithaad Party, said the government should investigate hundreds of custodial death, forced labor in border areas and torture of innocent civilians.”My life is like an open book and the people who have voted me for the second time as their representative against all odds are the best judge,” he said.Rasheed quit his job as government engineer to contest elections in 2008 as an independent candidate.

Kashmir terror funding: NIA summons PhD student, trader body, 2 Hurriyat leaders to appear on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has issued summons to a Kashmir university PhD student, the head of a trader’s body and two Hurriyat leaders to appear before it tomorrow in connection with a case related to the funding of terror activities in Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.Yaseen Khan of Kashmir Traders and Marketing Federation, Aala Fazil, pursuing a doctorate from Kashmir university, and leaders of pro-Pakistan Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, Abdul Hameed Magrey and Wali Mohammed, have been asked to appear before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at its headquarter in New Delhi, they said.Kashmir Trader’s body has called for a strike tomorrow to register its protest over Khan’s summoning.Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Qayoom is likely to be summoned again by the NIA, the officials said, adding that many points related to his statement that was recorded earlier were being corroborated.The people summoned to appear before the NIA tomorrow were likely to be questioned about alleged funding to various groups that pelted the security forces with stones, the officials said.The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, officials said.The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in the Valley by pelting the security forces with stones, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ud- Dawa, the front of the banned terrorist organisation Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused.The FIR also names organisations such as the two factions of the Hurriyat, one led by Geelani and the other by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-women outfit of separatists.NIA has also secured confessional statements from two of the accused in the case.A confessional statement is recorded before a judicial magistrate. The accused confirms in it that he or she is giving a statement without any pressure from the probe agency.The entire process is videographed and no investigation officer is present in the court premises during the proceedings. In case of retraction later, the agency can file a case of perjury.The NIA has arrested 10 people so far in connection with the alleged funding of terror activities case. The list includes Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of Geelani, and noted businessman Zahorr Watali.Geelani’s close aides Ayaz Akbar, who is also the spokesperson of the hardline separatist organisation Tehreek- e-Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah have also been arrested.Others on the list are Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat.

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: Muslim husband moves Supreme Court to call off NIA’s ‘unfair’ probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim man, whose marriage to a Hindu girl is being probed by the National Investigation Agency as a case of alleged ‘love jihad’, moved the Supreme Court to call off the investigation.Shafeen Jahan, the husband of a woman in the case, on Saturday filed a plea requesting the top court to freeze the NIA probe.Jahan has alleged that the investigation agency “is not being fair”.According to an HT report, the Kerala man has also said that his wife is under immense pressure and is being tortured by her family.Shafeen Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December last year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders.In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.The Kerala Government has said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections.The Supreme Court said that after getting inputs from the NIA and Kerala Police probe, it would interview Akhila to ascertain her views.Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising are arguing the case.(With ANI input)

2014 Burdwan blasts: Absconding suspect Burhan Shaikh arrested by STF in Kolkata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police today arrested Burhan Sheikh, the absconding suspect in the Khagragarh blast case, from a hideout in the central parts of the city.Acting on a tip-off, the STF arrested Sheikh from a room of a hotel at B B Ganguly Street, a senior police officer said.”He (Sheikh) was hiding there for the last couple of days. We carried out a raid today and arrested him from his hideout,” he added.Sheikh, who has been on the run since the blast took place at Khagragarh in Burdwan district in October 2014, carried a reward of Rs three lakh on his head, as announced by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).So far, around 30 people have been arrested by the NIA for their alleged involvement in the blast.

NIA arrests two stone pelters from south Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After cracking down on terror funding, National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now probing stone pelters in Kashmir.The agency arrested two alleged stone pelters, Kamran Yousuf from Pulwama district and Javaid Ahmad from Kulgam in the troubled south Kashmir region after an investigation.Police sources said Kamran was working as a stringer for some media outlets in Pulwama. He was picked up by the police after summons were issued against him.“NIA had issued summons against Yousuf. We picked him up and handed over to NIA. He had recently posted a picture of torching of the national flag in Karimabad on the social media,” said Mohammad Aslam, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Pulwama.Both Yousuf and Ahmad are likely to be flown to New Delhi for further interrogation.The duo’s arrests come a day after NIA issued a summon to top Kashmiri lawyer and president of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Mian Abdul Qayoom for questioning on Wednesday as a witness in the terror funding case.These fresh arrests have come months after seven separatists, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Altaf, Ahmed Shah and Shahid-ul-Islam, a top aide of moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were held in the terror and stone pelting funding cases.

8 IS suspects charge-sheeted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a chargesheet against eight people accused of of being members of the ISIS and their involvement in the conspiracy to carry out terror attacks at various religious places including Sufi shrine Dewa Sharif at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh (UP).Investigation brought out that the accused took Bay’th (oath of allegiance) to the ISIS, hatched a criminal conspiracy with the intention to further the terrorist activities; recruited persons, raised funds, organised terrorist camps and carried out terrorist acts, an official statement said. The case was initially probed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of UP.

NIA grills Hurriyat chief Geelani’s sons about bank accounts & family assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons, who were summoned by National Investigating Agency (NIA) for the second consecutive time, joined investigation on Thursday in the national capital. Geelani’s sons — Nayeem and Naseem — joined probe after a week wherein they were asked to come up with all the details of their properties spread across Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Delhi.The brothers were grilled by the probing agency for almost a week about the their properties and that of their father. “This time they were asked about various bank account numbers and also their bank account,” said a source. Along with them were few others who were also summoned by the agency. Senior officers, however, remained tight-lipped about the questioning of other people.A week ago, NIA after carrying out raids, in J&K at 12 places, arrested businessman Zahoor Watali. Watali, after being questioned by the agency sleuths several times, was arrested. His business is reported to be spread across Kashmir, Delhi, Dubai and London. His relatives who have reportedly purchased properties across the north India are also under the scanner.Two weeks ago the agency had summoned 30 people for questioning after they arrested seven people in the case. NIA is probing the terror funding case, wherein Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul-Dawah, the front of another proscribed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, has been named as an accused.They had arrested seven separatists including the son-in-law of Geelani.

Malegaon Blast case: Lt. Col. Purohit out on bail from Taloja jail after nine years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> 2008 Malegaon Blast case accused Lt. Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit has been released from the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case, on the condition that he won’t leave the country without the permission of the court. Lt. Colonel Purohit, who was in prison for the past nine years, moved the top court after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail plea earlier this year. He has been granted bail with few conditions — he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit has also been directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The court has also ordered Purohit against threatening or enticing anyone acquainted with facts of the case. Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” A bench of justices, R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After 9 years, Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Purohit walks out of Taloja jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit on Wednesday walked out of Taloja jail in Mumbai, after a special NIA Court issued the release order.Purohit was released from jail around 10.40 am, in compliance with a Supreme Court order.A team of Military Police and Quick Response Team of the Army escorted Purohit out of the jail. Around 15 defence vehicles were part of the convoy.Purohit has left for army headquarter in Colaba.The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the Bombay High Court order and granted bail to Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon serial blast case.He has been granted bail with condition that he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. ALSO READ Contradictions in chargesheet helped Colonel Purohit get bail, says Harish SalvePurohit has also been directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Opposing Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) had argued that the Bombay High court order should be upheld by the apex court.Purohit’s bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court saying the charges against him were of a grave nature, after which he moved to the top court. ALSO READ Lt Col Shrikant Purohit will report back to unit, but with ridersSenior lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for Purohit told the court that he did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wants an interim bail.Purohit, a former military intelligence officer, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya has been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court.Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra.

Lt Col Shrikant Purohit will report back to unit, but with riders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Col Shrikant Purohit will report back to an Army unit soon after he walks out of jail, but will be remain under “open arrest” till his suspension is revoked. This means he will be confined to a particular area in his unit, not move around freely and will be under watch, Army sources said.As per the rules, he will be required to wear the uniform but may be permitted to wear plain clothes.”In case his suspension is revoked, these restrictions will not apply,” an Army source said.According to Defence Service Regulations (DSRs), a suspended officer is placed under the same restrictions as an officer under open arrest.The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Purohit, accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. He has been in jail for more than eight years.The Army will study the bail order and decide the future course of action. “After all the scrutiny and legal advice, a decision will be taken on his suspension — whether or not to revoke it,” a source said.Purohit was arrested in January 2009 for his alleged involvement in the blast that killed seven people. The Muslim-majority town was targeted by Hindu outfit Abhinav Bharat.Purohit was posted with a liaison unit of the Army, carrying out intelligence operations when he was arrested. He had maintained that his seniors were aware of his acts as he infiltrated terror outfits as part of a mission. Purohit had last year written to the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that he was implicated and robbed of his honour, rank and dignity.Soon after his suspension, his pay and allowance were restricted to 25 per cent but he challenged this in the Armed Forces Tribunal that ordered 75 per cent of his salary to be paid.While granting bail to him, the SC pointed out that the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) differed with the earlier probe findings of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad. The NIA had opposed his bail plea, saying there is still enough evidence to prove his role.

Ample evidence against Col Purohit: NIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Supreme Court granting bail to Lt Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit, the alleged main conspirator in 2008 Malegaon blast case, the spotlight is back on the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The bail was granted bail despite the NIA raising objection to it.On Monday, the top court said it was granting bail to Purohit because of contradiction in the charges filed by Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the NIA.The agency, however, remained tight-lipped over the matter. “We have nothing to say as our legal team has already made the agency’s stand clear,” said a senior NIA officer. He further said that the agency opposed the bail plea as Purohit is allegedly the “main conspirator” in the case.On part of the NIA, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh submitted before the apex court that prima facie there is sufficient material on record to prove Purohit’s involvement in the alleged offence. The NIA, which was handed over the Malegaon blast probe from the ATS, had given a clean chit to Pragya, but said the charges levelled against Purohit are of serious and grave nature.”Merely because the charges have been dropped under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA) Act, it does not mean that there is no material against the appellant in respect of other charges,” Singh said.He further reiterated that the NIA has given clean chit to accused Pragya Singh Thakur and some other accused, but has not exonerated Purohit from the charges which is a clear indication that the agency has sufficient material to implicate him.He also submitted that the offences alleged against Purohit as drawn by the Anti-Terror Squad are supplemented and supported by the NIA officers in their detailed investigation.”Having regard to the gravity and seriousness of the offence, which were in the nature of waging war against the unity and integrity of the nation, and, that too, by violent means, the bail application of the appellant could not have been allowed and it has rightly been rejected by the courts below and no interference is sought for by this court,” Singh said.The NIA is facing questions on its turnaround — by dropping charges against Thakur and five others in the case, while charges under the stringent MCOCA law have been given up against all the other 10 accused, including Purohit.During investigation, sufficient evidence was not found against Pragya and five others, the NIA said, adding it has submitted in the charge sheet “that the prosecution against them is not maintainable”.When & whatSept 29, 2008 At least six killed, 70 injured in blasts in a busy market in MalegaonOct 24, 2008 Police arrest 3 — Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Shiv Narayan Gopal Singh Kalsanghra and Shyam Bhawarlal SahuNov 5, 2008 Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrest Col Purohit for allegedly supplying money and explosivesJan 20, 2009 14 charge-sheeted by Maharashtra ATSJuly 31, 2009 Special MCOCA court drops charges against all 11 accusedJuly 19, 2010 Maharashtra ATS receives a major boost after the Bombay HC reinstates MCOCA against the 11 accusedApril 1, 2011 Investigation transferred to NIAApril 13, 2011 NIA takes over the case Sept 23, 2011 SC rejects bail plea of Sadhvi Pragnya ThakurApril 15, 2015 SC sets aside Bombay HC order, drops MCOCA chargesJune 24, 2015 Reports quote Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian as saying that NIA had instructed her to “go soft” on the accusedNov 7, 2015 MCOCA special court rejects bail application of Sadhvi Pragya ThakurFeb 2, 2016 NIA tells court it is of the opinion that stringent MCOCA was not applicableMay 13, 2016 NIA files second charge-sheet, drops charges against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and three others Sept 26, 2016 Special NIA court rejects the bail of Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit on the grounds that the evidence cited have to be proved under Evidence Act.Nov 24, 2016 ATS pleads the court to allow the prosecution to lead with the secondary evidence, in the wake of some documents going missing.Dec 30, 2016 NIA tells special court that it will investigate claims that two of the accused, Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, were killed in custody by Maharashtra ATS and bodies disposed of as victims of Mumbai terror attacksApril 25, 2017 Bombay HC grants bail to accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh, turns down bail plea of Colonel Purohit, holding the charges are of grave nature and prima facie true.May 3, 2017 Sadhvi Pragya approaches Session’s CourtMay 5, 2017 SC seeks reply from NIA on Purohit bail pleaMay 12, 2017 NIA informs Special NIA Court that it has no objection to the discharge application filed by SadhviAug 17, 2017 SC reserves verdict on Purohit bail plea.Aug 21, 2017 SC grants bail to Colonel Purohit.Compiled by DNA – Research N Archives

Contradictions in chargesheet helped Colonel Purohit get bail, says Harish Salve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who has been languishing in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in 2008 Malegaon blast case, observing there were contradictions in the charge sheets filed by different investigating agencies. The top court also said it cannot deny the relief to him merely because “sentiments of community was against him”. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, in Maharashtra. Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appeared for Purohit in this case. Q. Now that Colonel Purohit has been granted bail, many are speculating if the case against him was weak?
ALSO READ 2008 Malegaon blast: Supreme Court grants conditional bail to accused Lt Colonel PurohitA. After the NIA chargesheet, the court has taken cognizance of three or four things. The NIA itself is criticising the chargesheet and it is riddled with contradictions. The withdrawal of all the witnesses who now claim that they had been pressurised and finally the testimony of two army officers, from which a conclusion was drawn, that the RDX itself was planted is a serious matter. The NIA has filed a supplementary chargesheet, That’s where I read from.Q: Do you think there will be any political ramifications, because a lot of people are glorifying him as a nationalist (perhaps), how do you see that?A: Political ramifications, don’t know, don’t care (chuckles!!)Q: Col Purohit has been in jail for 9 years, what exactly lead to the delay of his bail?A: Sadhvi Pragya got bail plea, against her they decided not to file a chargesheet. Against him they have said that we will be pressing charges so his bail had to be considered.Q4: What is the way forward for Col Purohit from here on? What legal course of action have you planned on his case now?A: The next step is framing of charges. Based on the new chargesheet he will have to show that he’s going to go about it and any way there’s no case made against him. And first thing he should do is go home and spend time with his family.

2008 Malegaon blasts: Centre protecting all the accused with RSS, alleges Cong; BJP rubbishes claim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today accused the BJP government of “protecting” all the accused “connected to the RSS” after the Supreme Court granted bail to 2008 Malegaon serial blasts case accused Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit.The opposition party also raised questions over National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar getting two extensions and hoped that justice would be done in the Malegaon serial blasts case “without fear or favour”.All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of communications department Randeep Singh Surjewala said Purohit getting bail was neither a reflection of his guilt nor innocence as he was facing a trial.”Why is that the (Narendra) Modi government cannot find any competent police officer in India to head the NIA that they have to give two extensions to its current chief? “We sincerely hope that the law will take its own course and justice will be done, free from fear or favour, in this case,” he said.Union minister Kiren Rijiju dismissed the Congress’ accusations, saying whoever deserved justice would get it.”What is the conspiracy about it? The Congress has the habit of raising this issue. Why should we intervene? This is a process (that was) started a long time back and it’s a process of the judiciary. Why should we intervene? “Whosoever deserves justice will get it. My saying anything won’t change it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event of the border guarding force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).Rijiju added that he would not like to comment on statements made by Digvijaya Singh on the issue.”He (Singh) has the habit of saying all these things. Why should I respond to that?,” the minister said.The Supreme Court today granted bail to Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon serial blasts case.A bench of justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre granted bail to Purohit, setting aside a Bombay High Court order which had denied him bail earlier.The apex court said it had imposed certain conditions on Purohit while granting bail.

Massive setbacks to terrorists and separatists in Kashmir Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The period preceding Kargil Vijay Diwas (Day) on 26 July, till after Independence Day in Kashmir Valley, has been marked by the elimination of over 120 terrorists, and at long last, the apprehension of the separatists? henchmen involved in funding and organizing terrorist and stone-pelting/heckling activities. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu, attended the `Kargil Vijay Diwas? ceremony at Drass, the second highest extreme cold area of the world in Kargil district, to honour the martyrs and interacted with some of their families and other war heroes present. Speaking to media at Drass, he assured that a Kargil-like situation will not be allowed to happen again and that the troops are totally prepared to meet any eventuality. Regarding the overall security situation in the Kashmir Valley, Lt. Gen. Anbu said: ?Army and other security agencies are working in close coordination to carry out anti-militancy operations and they have achieved many successes in the recent past, both along LoC as well as hinterland. He said it was because of the close coordination that security forces eliminated 36 militants, including some self-styled commander in the Valley during the past three months. ?Alert troops also foiled a number of infiltration attempt from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK),? he said, adding that scores of militants were gunned down immediately after they sneaked into this side, while a large number of trained militants are waiting at launch pads near the Line of Control (LoC) in PoK to enter this side before the infiltration routes are closed due to snowfall. Lt Gen Anbu said relations between the people in Kashmir and Indian Army were strengthening day by day and as a result, more than 14,500 students are getting education in 45 Army Goodwill Schools all over Jammu and Kashmir. ?This has helped more than 1,000 local youths to get employment,? he said. Without naming China, he said, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Ladakh is disputed as it has not been demarkated yet. ?We resolve the local issues, if any, at the local level,? he added. Also present was GOC 14 Crops Lt. Gen. P J S Pannu. Having planned the Kargil misadventure as early as when Pakistan?s former army chief, self-styled CEO and later President, Parvez Musharraf was the Director General of Military Operations, twelve battalions of Northern Light Infantry (NLI) were raised for this purpose. Unlike the regular Pak army dominated by major ethnic groups like the Punjabis, Pashtuns etc, NLI comprised a mix of men from the small tribes of the Kashmir region, drawn from eight major ethnic groups-Baltis (from Baltistan), Shins, Yashkuns, Mughals, Kashmiris, Pathans, Ladakhis and Turks who speak the dialects of Balti, Shina, Brushaki, Khawer, Wakhi, Turki, Pushto, Urdu and Persian. The breakdown of NLI personnel was 49 % Shias, 23 % Ismailees, 10% Noor Bakhshis and the remainder 18 % were the only Sunnis. 55% hailed from Gilgit and 35 % from Baltistan. These twelve battalions of NLI were raised by Pak army as convenient and dispensable cannon-fodder and accordingly administered poorly, as came to be known after the fighting began almost six months after their deployment in the Kargil area. Initially, following the fatal casualties of NLI personnel, Pak army disgracefully denied that they were Pakistani troops and even refused to accept their mortal remains. Later there were reports of NLI troops not receiving rations and the bodies of many of them killed being sent back to their homes only in hours of darkness as well as their next of kin lamenting that there were sugar grains stuck to their lips-an indication that they had been starving. Operation Vijay launched by Indian Army in May 1999 was fraught with many disadvantages and difficulties. Owing to New Delhi initially not believing that Kargil heights had been intruded/occupied by Pak army, Indian troops had to negotiate the exacting terrain, including almost vertical climbs to approach the advantageously positioned and well defended Pakistani troops. It was with raw courage and outstanding junior leadership that Indian soldiers successfully gained back the high altitude outposts occupied by Pakistani intruders and at the great cost of over 500 Indian armed forces personnel killed during the 60-day long war. However, refusing learn from its defeat at Kargil, Pak army and Inter Services Iintelligence have continued relentlessly to resort to various other means to keep Kashmir Valley on the boil by inciting youth through the separatists to pelt stones at and heckle Indian Army and security forces, while even helping terrorists in attacking and escaping. The zenith of eight years of anti-India operations was in 2016, when in addition to all mentioned activities, short of forty schools were destroyed by burning. Meanwhile, the Indian Army and security forces (SFs), including J&K police, relentlessly continued- again disadvantageously- to combat the terrorists while dealing with radicalized Kashmiri youth with great restraint. Results began to show by mid 2017, but at the cost of many casualties sustained by both army and SFs, even as the Chinese troops have been maintaining pressure on the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh by frequent incursions/transgressions. In 2017, till July itself, 121 Pakistani / Pak army supported Kashmiri terrorists have been killed by Army/SFs-51 on the Line Of Control (LoC) and 70 in the hinterland- a major achievement. A comparison of ceasefire violations, infiltration bids and casualties in 2016 and 2017, all till end of July, is relevant. There were 248 violations in 2016 and 368 in 2017. In both years till July, 20 terrorists each were eliminated. 40 infiltration attempts were foiled by Army in 2016 and 19 in 2017. Terrorists killed during infiltration attempts were 55 in 2016 and 54 in 2017. Personnel of Army and central armed police organization (CAPF) martyred in 2016 were 61 and 35 whereas in 2017, there have been 40 and 18 so far. 1,00,000 Army and CAPF personnel were deployed for vigil over the Amarnath yatra, which can be considered to have been successfully conducted for almost 3,00,000 pilgrims. The dastardly terrorist attack on a bus on 11 July 2017, killing seven Gujarati women and children and injuring nineteen others succeeded only because that bus did not join the protected convoy. Despite the desperation of Pak army/ISI, one basic reason for the turning of the tide this year is the public in the Valley becoming sick of terrorism and violence. The successes of Army and other SFs have come about mainly through reliable and timely human intelligence. The same populace subjected to radicalization appear to be disgusted and have been readily sharing information of the whereabouts of terrorists. The other front attacked at long last by New Delhi is that of the separatists. On 17 August 2017, National Investigation Agency (NIA) , arrested Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in connection with a case pertaining to funding of terrorist and separatist activities in Jammu & Kashmir. His arrest followed the searches conducted by the NIA on 16 August at multiple locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla, belonging to the relatives and employees of Zahoor Watali. The searches unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources and its further distribution to the terrorists and separatists in Kashmir valley for anti-India activities. Earlier, on 3rd June, 2017, the NIA had searched Zahoor Watali?s house in Srinagar and seized incriminating documents pertaining to several financial transactions and land deals. The property documents seized have shown huge amount of cash transactions in sale and purchase. Watali, who is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to the secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters, was earlier arrested in the year 1990 by the Jammu & Kashmir Police, when some anti-national activists were found present in his house at Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar. He was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Gani Lone, Bilal Lone and others and was jailed for eight months at Jammu. Earlier,on 24 July 2017, Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was arrested along with six more separatists by NIA in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley. Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him in preventive detention immediately after Eid. Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah and yet earlier, Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the ?moderate? Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. The others arrested are Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan (of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction) and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’. The houses of those arrested had been raided by NIA. Shah is perceived as an influential force in the Tehrek-e-Hurriyat. The NIA had recovered account books, Rs. 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including the Lashkar eTaiyaba and Hizbul Mujahideen from the raids. The NIA investigation also seeks to identify the network of those financing of terrorist activities, including those who masterminded stone-pelting at security forces, burnt down schools and damaged government establishments. For the first time since the rise of terrorism in Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency carried out raids to detect the funding of separatists. In 2002, the Income Tax department had raided the establishments of some separatist leaders, including Mr Geelani, and seized cash and documents, but that was of no avail, as they carried on with their anti-India activities. It is reiterated that terrorism in Kashmir Valley can only be curbed completely by nabbing all the separatists and keeping them well away from that region. The views expressed in the above article are that of Col. Anil Bhat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2008 Malegaon blast case: Lt. Col Purohit granted bail; here’s everything that you need to know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon serial blast case.Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra.A special MCOCA court had earlier ruled that the ATS had wrongly applied this law against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit Purohit and nine others.The 4,000-page charge sheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected as the blast target because of a sizeable Muslim population there. It had named Thakur, Purohit and co-accused, Swami Dayanand Pandey as the key conspirators. However, Thakur was last year given clean chit by the NIA.Here’s everything that you need to know about the caseSeptember 29, 2008At least six people are killed and over 70 injured in bomb blasts in a busy market area in MalegaonOctober 24, 2008Police arrest 3 persons in connection with the blast- Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Shiv Narayan Gopal Singh Kalsanghra and Shyam Bhawarlal SahuNovember 5, 2008The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrest Lt Col Prasad Purohit for allegedly supplying money and explosivesJanuary 20, 2009 and April 21, 201114 chargesheeted by Maharashtra ATS on January 20, 2009 and April 21, 2011, before special MCOCA court in Mumbai which include Pragya Thakur, Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Lt Col Prasad Purohit, Sameer Kulkarni, Rakesh Dhawade, Sudhakar Dwivedi aka. Dayanand Pandey, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Pravin TakalkiJuly 31, 2009A special MCOCA court drops charges against all the 11 accused in the case, including Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Purohit saying none are part of an organised crime syndicateJuly 19, 2010The Maharashtra ATS receives a major boost after the Bombay high court reinstates MCOCA against the 11 accusedApril 1, 2011Investigation is transferred to NIA by the governmentApril 13, 2011The NIA takes over the case on the direction of Home MinistrySeptember 23, 2011The Supreme Court (SC) rejects the bail plea of Sadhvi Pragnya ThakurApril 15, 2015The SC sets aside the Bombay HC order, and drops the MCOCA charges, stating there is hardly any evidence against the accused in the previous casesJune 24, 2015The Indian Express quotes the Special Public Prosecutor in the case, Rohini Salian, as saying the NIA had instructed her to “go soft” on the accusedNovember 7, 2015The special court for MCOCA rejects the bail application of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, considering the evidence against her and the satisfactory treatment she was being provided in custody for breast cancerFebruary 2, 2016The NIA tells a special court that it is of the opinion that stringent MCOCA was not applicable in the 2008 Malegaon blasts caseMay 13, 2016The NIA files a second chargesheet, drops charges against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and three others for lack of evidence against them. Lt. Col Purohit and others accused will continue to be charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.September 26, 2016The special NIA court rejects the bail of Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit on the grounds that the evidence cited by the accused, will have to be proved under the Indian Evidence Act, and will be considered only at the time of the trialNovember 24, 2016ATS files an affidavit pleading the court to allow the prosecution to lead with the secondary evidence, in the wake of some documents going missingApril 17, 2017NIA submits in the Supreme Court that it will not oppose bail for accused Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit as the chargesheet has already been filed.April 25, 2017Bombay High Court grants bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on the condition that she will not try to influence the prosecution witnesses. Court denies bail to Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit.August 21, 2017The Supreme Court granted bail to Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon serial blast case. On August 17, Purohit had told the apex court that he has been caught in the “political crossfire” and languishing in jail for nine years.Compiled by DNA – Research N Archives

NIA has struck fear in terror groups: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency’s crackdown on terror funding has resulted in a decline of stone-pelting incidents in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.The NIA, in its probe in terror funding and a larger conspiracy behind stone-pelting incidents and burning down of schools in the Valley, has made a series of arrests, including that of the son-in-law of separatist leader and head of Hurriyat chief SAS Geelani.”You have seen the role of the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir, where incidents of stone throwing have come down. We have taken a pledge for India’s security, and strict action is being taken for this. We will accept challenges, and in the past three years, incidents of Naxalism, terrorism and extremism have seen a downward trend,” he said. Singh was speaking at the inauguration of the NIA’s office and residential complex in Lucknow. He said the focus is on clamping down on terror-funding sources.”If we plug the sources of fake currency and terror funding, it will be a big blow to terrorism. is doing a great job here. Its name sends fear down the spine of those indulging in terror funding.”Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggested holding of a meeting, every six month, between the NIA and state agencies. Singh said, “Without better coordination, there can be no success. It’s a continuous process of sharing information.”Complimenting the NIA for a high success rate in its probes, Singh pointed out that the agency was probing 165 cases, and due to its “scientific probe there is an approximately 95 per cent conviction rate.”Singh said the NIA has established itself as a credible investigating agency.The Home Minister said the complex was completed by state-owned NBCC within 18 months against a 24-month target, and that the Lucknow unit of NIA was probing 20 cases of terror activities, including blast cases in Patna, Bodh Gaya in Bihar and Bijnor and Kanpur ISIS module cases in UP.

High-level meetings between NIA, state agencies crucial to win over terrorism: Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday highlighted the significance of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) towards national security, and proposed the idea of holding high-level meetings between the agency and state agencies once in every six months to win over terrorism. Adityanath also informed that four northern states namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar shall be affiliated to the Lucknow office, while speaking at the inauguration of the NIA office and residential complex at Lucknow. The Chief Minister said that the launch of the office ?represents the government?s commitment towards the development of India, which inspires (all) to do quality work in a time bound manner.? ?I was told that this work was to be completed within 24 months, but it took only 18 months. For this, I congratulate and convey my best wishes to the respective task agency and the NIA DG along with all his officers,? he added. The NIA was constituted in 2009 with the view to combat incremental terror attacks. Hinting on problematic ?neighbouring countries who have adopted terrorism as a foreign policy”, Yogi said that India would be successful in breaking the back” of terrorism with an institution like the NIA. Adityanath proposed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present for the inauguration, that a high-level meeting be held between the NIA and the state agencies once every six months so that better communication helps them to work effectively on ?such crucial issues as national security? with better coordination, and without delays. He also suggested that if the NIA, besides coordinating with the state agencies, also works towards its aim with modern technology and team spirit, a country like India will win over terrorism. Adityanath concluded his address by ensuring the support of the UP Government and its associated institutions to agencies like the NIA and every initiative taken by the Union Government that strengthens the unity and the security of the nation. The NIA office and residential complex was inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on Sunday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmir, terrorism, naxalism issue to be solved before 2022, says Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the issue of Kashmir, terrorism, naxalism, northeast insurgency will be solved before 2022.Addressing ‘Sankalp se Siddhi – New India Movement (2017-2022) Naye Bharat kaa nirmaan’, Rajnath said that country is facing problems of terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem and northeast insurgency but a solution to these problems will be found before 2022 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has pledged to make a new India by 2022.”There are a lot of problems like terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem and northeast insurgency. There is no need to tell you much about all these problems. But, I want to assure you that if we (Government) has adopted a resolution for a new India by 2022 then I want to assure countrymen that a solution to all these problems will be found before 2022, Rajnath asserted.The Union Home Minister’s assertion comes in the backdrop of the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA’s) crackdown on Kashmiri separatists.The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several Separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir.On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley.All seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate – were later sent to 10-day NIA custody.The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.On Friday, one Zahoor Ahmad Watali, a close aide of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was sent to 10-day NIA remand in connection with the terror funding case.According to a NIA source, Watali used to get the money through Dubai, Pakistan and even Pakistan High commission in India and worked as a conduit for separatists from more than 10 years.The NIA source added that Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Gilani, also received money from Pakistan and Dubai for terror funding.Another Kashmiri separatist Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah is under Enforcement Directorate (ED) net. On August 9, Shah was sent to a 14-day judicial custody by a court here in a decade-old case of money laundering for alleged terror-financing.

Solution to Kashmir, terrorism, naxalism will be found before 2022 Rajnath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Solution to the Kashmir problem, terrorism, naxalism, northeast insurgency will be found before 2022, said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Addressing ‘Sankalp se Siddhi – New India Movement (2017-2022) Naye Bharat kaa nirmaan’, here on Friday, Rajnath said that country is facing problems of terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem and northeast insurgency but a solution to these problems will be found before 2022 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has pledged to make a new India by 2022. ?There are a lot of problems like terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem and northeast insurgency. There is no need to tell you much about all these problems. But, I want to assure you that if we (Government) has adopted a resolution for a new India by 2022 then I want to assure countrymen that a solution to all these problems will be found before 2022,? Rajnath asserted. The Union Home Minister?s assertion comes in the backdrop of the National Investigation Agency?s (NIA?s) crackdown on Kashmiri separatists. The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several Separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir. On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley. All seven separatist leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate – were later sent to 10-day NIA custody. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. On Friday, one Zahoor Ahmad Watali, a close aide of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was sent to 10-day NIA remand in connection with the terror funding case. According to a NIA source, Watali used to get the money through Dubai, Pakistan and even Pakistan High commission in India and worked as a conduit for separatists from more than 10 years. The NIA source added that Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Gilani, also received money from Pakistan and Dubai for terror funding. Another Kashmiri separatist Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah is under Enforcement Directorate (ED) net. On August 9, Shah was sent to a 14-day judicial custody by a court here in a decade-old case of money laundering for alleged terror-financing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA registers FIR to probe marriage after conversion of Hindu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA today registered an FIR in connection with the conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man in Kerala, on the directive of the Supreme Court. In a statement, the National Investigation Agency said that in compliance with the August 16 order of the Supreme Court, the FIR related to Kerala’s Perinthalmanna police station in Mallapuram district has been re-registered by the probe agency for investigation. The Supreme Court had on Wednesday asked the NIA to probe the case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man, as the agency claimed it was not an isolated incident but a “pattern” emerging in Kerala. The Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage, terming it as an instance of “love jihad”. The apex court directed the NIA to probe the incident under the supervision of a retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran. The top court observed that like in the ‘Blue Whale’ — an internet game which allegedly give series of tasks to players with a final challenge requiring him or her to commit suicide, it was now easy to persuade someone to perform a particular task. “This will not be an Special Investigation Team (SIT). The NIA shall carry out the probe under the supervision of retired judge Justice R V Raveendaran,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud had said. The bench said it wanted the probe to be fair and the NIA, being an independent agency outside the state of Kerala, can conduct the probe in an impartial manner and have a different point of view. “Before forming any opinion or arriving at a conclusion, we would like to consider the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and talk to the woman,” it said. The bench directed the NIA to submit its final investigation report in the court to enable it to arrive at any conclusion in the matter. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. The high court, while declaring the marriage “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of “love jihad” and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA arrests Kashmiri businessman in terror funding case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency today arrested Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali for alleged involvement in a terror funding case. The NIA said Watali, who was arrested in Delhi, would be produced before the Patiala House court here tomorrow. The agency had carried out raids in the premises of the businessman and of other suspects yesterday. “The searches have unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to the receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources and its further distribution to terrorists and separatists in Kashmir Valley for anti-India activities,” the NIA said in a statement. It said that on June 3, 2017, the NIA had searched Watali’s house in Srinagar and seized incriminating documents pertaining to financial transactions and land deals. The property documents seized have shown huge amounts of cash transactions in sale and purchase, it said. “Zahoor Watali, who is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters, was arrested in 1990 by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, when some anti-national activists were found in his house at Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar,” the statement said. It said Watali was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Lone, Bilal Lone and others and was jailed for eight months in Jammu. In 2009, Watali was accused of illegal land encroachment and assault, and a case was registered against him, it said. “However, as per the orders of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir on June 22, 2016, the investigation of the case was stayed,” it said. Watali was also accused of travelling on a cancelled passport knowing that it was illegal, the NIA alleged. It said instead of surrendering the cancelled passport to the authorities, he travelled abroad on it on March 21, 2016, in violation of the law. When he tried to do so again, his invalid passport was seized in Delhi by the authorities. A case of cheating under the Ranbir Penal Code and violation of the Passport Act were registered against him. The proceedings in the case are in abeyance as per the orders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at present, it said. Officials in the central probe agency said the searches were carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla Kupwara, Pulwama and Handwara. “A lot of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property-related documents and electronic devices including mobile phones, pen drives and hard drives were seized during the searches,” a senior NIA official had said yesterday. He had said some of the seized documents related to the receipt of money from “suspect” foreign sources and its subsequent distribution to “certain persons” in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2008 Malegaon blast: SC reserves order on Purohit’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a plea of Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit seeking interim bail in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre said it will pass an order on the plea. During the hearing, senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Purohit, said he has been in jail for the past nine years but charges have still not been framed against him. He said the MCOCA charge has already been dropped against him and therefore he is entitled to getting interim bail. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for National Investigation Agency (NIA), said there was some evidence against Purohit which would help in framing of charge. With regard to the plea seeking cancellation of bail of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the court posted the matter for hearing on October 10. Purohit has moved the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order dismissing his bail plea. Nisar Ahmed Haji Sayed Bilal, father of one of the blast victims, has challenged the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Thakur alleging that she was a “powerful person” and could influence the witnesses in the case. He has sought a stay on the high court’s April 25 order granting her bail, saying there was “no prima facie evidence against her”. The apex court had on July 28 sought Maharashtra government’s reply on the plea seeking cancellation of Thakur’s bail. The NIA had filed its reply in Purohit’s case, saying there was ample evidence against him, but no evidence against Thakur. The top court had on May 5 also sought a response from the NIA and the Maharashtra government on the plea of Purohit seeking bail. Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra. A special MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court had earlier ruled that the Anti-Terrorist Squad had wrongly applied this law against Thakur, Purohit and nine others. The 4,000-page charge sheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected as the blast target because of a sizeable Muslim population there. It had named Thakur, Purohit and co-accused, Swami Dayanand Pandey as the key conspirators. It had alleged that it was Pandey who had instructed Purohit to arrange explosive RDX, while Thakur owned the motorcycle which was used in the blast. Ajay Rahirkar, another accused, allegedly organised funds for the terror act, while conspiracy meetings were held at the Bhonsala Military School in Nasik, it had said. Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarain Kalsangra, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Jagdish Mhatre and Sameer Kulkarni were the other accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swamy dubs Love Jihad as ‘dimension of terrorism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dubbing ‘Love Jihad’ as a dimension of terrorism, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Thursday asserted that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is the appropriate agency for the investigation as in the latest case the girl was allegedly being sent to the ISIS. Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said, “The Love Jihad is a dimension of terrorism; they are going to be recruited for terrorist activities. These Love Jihadis are preying on young girls. They are compromising them, taking photographs of them, blacking them and then making them convert to Islam. In the latest case, the girl was being sent to the ISIS. So, therefore the NIA is the appropriate agency for the investigation into this.” Swamy further stated that this Love Jihad is an induced conversion against the Constitution of India. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had ordered the NIA to investigate the Kerala Love Jihad case, besides asking retired Apex Court judge Justice R.V. Raveendran to monitor the matter. The case pertains to the annullment of the marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man, post her conversion, by the Kerala High Court as it amounted to ?Love Jihad?. Shafin, who had married Akhila Ashokan in December last, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage. The Kerala government said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. The SC said that after getting inputs from the NIA and Kerala police probe, it would interview Akhila to ascertain her views.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala Love jihad not isolated case: NIA tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe of the Kerala love jihad case after it suggested that the case of a woman converting to Islam for the purpose of marriage is not an isolated incident.However, to ensure a fair and impartial investigation, the probe will be supervised by retired SC judge Justice RV Raveendran, a Supreme Court bench noted.The central probe agency said there were other similar cases where allegations about a well-oiled mechanism to convert women from Hinduism to Islam were made. These observations made before a bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud were made in pursuance to an earlier order where the NIA was asked to scrutinise the investigation reports prepared by Kerala Police.On Wednesday, the bench added that before coming to any definitive or final conclusion, it would speak the 25-year-old woman who is currently under the court-ordered supervision of her parents.The husband’s counsels — senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising, initially objected to an NIA probe, raising apprehensions over its credibility as an independent agency. “I can file an affidavit pointing to so many u-turns it has taken in several cases,” Sibal submitted.

SC for NIA probe into marriage after conversion of Hindu woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today ordered the NIA to probe a case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man, as the agency claimed it was not an isolated incident but a “pattern” was emerging in Kerala. The apex court directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the incident under the supervision of a retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran. The top court observed that like in the ‘Blue Whale’ — an internet game which allegedly give series of tasks to players with a final challenge requiring him or her to commit suicide, it was now easy to persuade someone to perform a particular task. “This will not be an Special Investigation Team (SIT). The NIA shall carry out the probe under the supervision of retired judge Justice R V Raveendaran,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud said. The bench said it wanted the probe to be fair and the NIA, being an independent agency outside the state of Kerala, can conduct the probe in an impartial manner and have a different point of view. “Before forming any opinion or arriving at a conclusion, we would like to consider the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and talk to the woman,” it said. The bench directed the NIA to submit its final investigation report in the court to enable it to arrive at any conclusion in the matter. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh appearing for NIA said prima facie it appears that the woman’s conversion to Islam and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim was not an isolated incident and other such instances have come to the agency’s notice. He claimed that in the other incidents, some players were allegedly found involved in converting young Hindu girls who had some differences with their parents, to Islam. Singh said the agency has so far found that the same people were behind the religious conversion of the women and their subsequent marriage. “Role of one lady is under investigation. Prima facie it has been found that entities are common in these cases. This is the second case. There is a pattern. The girls first get converted and then they refuse to stay with their family members and subsequenctly their marriage is done. This matter requires further investigation and the agency will do as per court’s order,” Singh said. Senior advocate V Giri appearing for Kerala said he has no objection to NIA probe, if the apex court so desired. He said that a SIT has already been formed which has been looking into the incident but he has no objection if NIA takes over the probe and Kerala police would cooperate with the agency. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the husband Shafin Jahan who is the petitioner, said he can submit an affidavit to showcase U-turns made by NIA in several cases. “It will be appropriate if the court calls the woman and talk to her,” he said while objecting to the NIA probe saying the crime branch was already investigating the case and it would be appropriate if it completed the investigation. To this, the bench said it would certainly like to talk to the woman but not at this stage and it would be appropriate to first go through the inputs from NIA, Kerala Police and other stakeholders. “If we speak to her at this stage and she says that she was forcibly converted and married off, the case will be over. It will be unfair to you. Therefore we would speak to her at the last stage before passing any orders,” the bench said. The bench, initially, mooted the name of former Supreme Court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan as the supervisor of the NIA probe. Senior advocate Indira Jaising and Sibal opposed the name and suggested that since it was a inter-faith controversy the apex court must be careful in choosing a retired judge who should be not be a resident of Kerala. The bench then suggested the name of Justice R V Raveendaran for supervision of probe, which was agreed upon by the parties concerned. The issue had reached the apex court as Shafin Jahan had challenged the annulment of his marriage by the High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases. The top court had said it was entrusting the task to the NIA as a neutral agency to get a “whole picture” and ascertain whether the particular instance was limited to a “small pocket” or was there “something wider” to the issue. Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. The high court, while declaring the marriage as “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’ and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC directs NIA probe into Muslim man’s nikah annulment case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today directed an NIA probe under the supervision of a retired apex court judge into issues raised by a Muslim man whose marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court that described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the investigation into the matter will be supervised by the retired apex court judge R V Raveendran. It directed the probe agency to furnish the report to it after completing the investigation. The apex court bench, also comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, said it will take a view after considering the NIA’s probe report, inputs from the Kerala Police and after talking to the woman. On August 10, the apex court had asked the Kerala Police to share the probe details of the case with the NIA. The issue reached the apex court as Kerala-native Shafin Jahan challenged the annulment of his marriage by the Kerala High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases. The top court had said that it was entrusting the task to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a neutral agency to get a “whole picture” and ascertain whether the particular instance was limited to a “small pocket” or was there “something wider” to the issue. Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. Earlier, the apex court had sought a response of the NIA and the Kerala government on the plea of Jahan. Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. The NIA has recently conducted probe into some cases of ‘love jihad’ in which women were allegedly being sent to Syria to join the ISIS. The high court, while declaring the marriage as “null and void”, had described the case as an instance of ‘love jihad’ and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala love-jihad case: Supreme Court asks NIA to investigate matter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate a case of ‘love jihad’ involving a Muslim man’s marriage to a Hindu woman converted to Islam.Last week, the top Court had ordered the Kerala Police to share with the NIA the probe details of a case.The issue reached the apex court as the man challenged the annulment of the marriage by the Kerala High Court which ordered the state police to probe such cases.A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud had taken a serious note of the objection raised by the counsel for Kerala-native Shafin Jahan that the NIA should not be allowed to peruse the investigation records of the police in the case.Jahan, who had married a Hindu woman in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan.It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.The NIA, represented by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, had moved the apex court in the forenoon seeking an order that it be allowed to access the records of the investigation carried so far by the state police.The bench, which allowed Jahan to file his response to the NIA’s plea, had said that the central probe agency would not be able to assist the police in a fair manner if it was not allowed access to the probe records.(With PTI inputs)

Terror funding case: NIA raids 12 locations in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted searches at about a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case against separatists and others. Officials in the central probe agency said the searches are being carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. They said those being searched today have alleged links to persons being investigated in this case. The NIA had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest. The money was being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the NIA had alleged. The agency had claiming that the accused were waging war against the country and were involved in various offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. It had also alleged that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Geelani’s son-in-law, 3 others sent to judicial custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four Kashmiri separatists, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader SAS Geelani, were sent to judicial custody today by a Delhi court in a terror funding case. Duty magistrate Pankaj Sharma sent Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan to jail for 14 days. The court’s order came after the NIA submitted that they were not required for further interrogation. The agency had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest. The other three separatist leaders — Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Mohamad Akbar Khanday — were sent to the judicial custody till September 1. The money was being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in restive Jammu and Kashmir, NIA had alleged, claiming that the accused were waging war against the country and were involved in various offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. It had also alleged that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs, which were done on their and others’ instructions. Shah was in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had put him under preventive detention immediately after Eid last month. Geelani’s close aides, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah, were arrested by the NIA from the Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir under great pressure,now on the run: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Terrorists in the Kashmir Valley are now on the run and they cannot continue to terrorise the people for decades, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today, maintaining that the government’s priority was to clean up the Kashmir Valley of armed militants.He said the terrorists in Kashmir were “now under great pressure” and the financial crunch caused by demonetization and the action taken by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on illegal foreign fundings have checked illegal activities in Jammu and Kashmir in large scale. Jaitley, who was participating in a television programme, however refrained from making any comment on the standoff between India and China in the Doklam area near the Bhutan trijunction, just saying “let us have full faith on our security forces”.”Today no big militant can dream of committing terror acts and continue to terrorise the Valley for decades, but today their life shelf has dwindled to a few months. I will specifically praise the Jammu & Kashmir police for working hard (towards eliminating terrorists),” he said. Jaitley said the country faced two serious threats — one with respect to Jammu and Kashmir with maximum incidents happening from across the border, and second being the problem of Left-Wing Extremism in central parts of the country. “Since independence, Pakistan has never agreed that Kashmir is an integral part of India. That has been their unfinished agenda. They tried conventional war. But India’s capability was way ahead in the conventional war. The wars of 1965, 1971 and Kargil clearly proved this,” he said.Jaitley said in the 1990s, they started changing their strategies and resorted to encouraging terrorism inside the country. “There is domination of our forces on the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border and it is difficult for terrorists to cross them,” he said at the India TV Conclave ‘Vande Mataram’. To a question about beheading and mutilation of Indian security force personnel by Pakistan, Jaitley said “what happened after that, has been seen by everyone”. He was apparently referring to the surgical strike inside the parts of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir after the incident.Jaitley said the forces were dominating the border with the help of technological tools. “After surgical strikes in September last year, our forces are liquidating militants,” he said. The defence minister said that there was a move by the security forces to clean up the Valley of armed terrorists. He said the money received by terrorists and other such groups has been squeezed post-demonetization and there has been the effect of the actions taken by the NIA against foreign funding allegedly used for subversive activities.”Whenever there was an encounter (earlier), hundreds and thousands would come out to throw stones. Many a times, terrorists would escape under the protection of stone throwers. This is now becoming a history. “Those who were coming in hundred and thousands, today their number is limited to 20, 30 and 50. For the first time in the history, we have been they have started looting banks,” he said. Jaitley said the terrorists are under tremendous pressure. “They are on the run. Their number is also declining. Security forces are dominating them ,” he said. He said India has been by and large free from the threat of the ISIS. “There may be some isolated or exceptional incidents but there has been no influence in India.” The defence minister expressed concern over some instances of glorifying the acts of terrorists or Maoists.Referring to shouting of ‘anti-India slogans by some in Jawaharlal Nehru University last year, he expressed concern over the association of mainstream political parties with those raising such slogans. Jaitley said a disturbing trend is coming up where efforts are being made to show the Indian state as helpless.To questions on India’s defence production, Jaitley said his ministry was working out ways to boost domestic production for the defence sector. “We want India to become a global power in defence manufacturing sector, and towards that end, we are encouraging private players to come forward. We will, of course, also continue to strengthen our ordnance factories and defence PSUs,” the minister said.

NIA files charge sheet against Islamic State-linked man for waging war

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet against Islamic State member Moinudheen Para Kadavath for allegedly trying to wage war against the country by planning to kill judges, politicians and police officers in Kerala. He is a member of Kerala ISIS unit named Ansar-ul Khilafah.The supplementary charge sheet was filed in a court in Kerala’s Ernakulam district against Kadavath, who was deported from the UAE in February 2017, the NIA said in a statement.A case was registered at the NIA police station in Kochi on October 1, 2016, against eight people hailing from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, besides other unidentified persons. Aday after the FIR was filed, five accused — Manseed Mehmood, Swalih Mohammed, Rashid Ali, Safvan P and Jasim NK — were arrested from Kanakamala while they were conducting a secret meeting of the ISIS module as part of preparations to wage war against Indian government, it said.Forensic analysis of digital devices including mobile phones, tablets and storage media recovered from the accused persons revealed that the ISIS module had conspired and conducted preparations to target prominent persons including Judges of High Court, political leaders and senior police officers. The terrorist gang had also planned and conducted preparations for attacking foreigners especially Jews visiting Vattakanal near Kodaikanal.The accused had organised themselves into a terrorist gang, owning allegiance to the ISIS, that was headed by absconding Shajeer Mangalassery, who had performed hijrah (migration) to Afghanistan from the UAE in June, 2016 to join and support the ISIS.They had also planned to attack rationalists and members of other Islamic denominations like Ahmadiya sect and Jamaat-e-Islami.Investigation has revealed that absconding accused Shajeer had motivated and Kadavath, whom he had taken along on hijra, from the UAE to Mashhad in Iran for crossing over to ISIS controlled territory in Afghanistan. Investigation has also revealed that in September, 2016 Kadavath, while being in the UAE, had provided terror funds to Swalih Mohammed for conducting preparations to carry out terrorist acts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Bombay HC dismisses appeal against Areeb Majeed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by National Investigation Agency (NIA), challenging an order of a special court, discharging alleged ISIS recruit Areeb Majeed, from a section of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, which charged him for being a member of a terrorist outfit.A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Sadhana Jadhav, rejected the stand taken by the agency that the accused Majeed, along with other accused, had formed their own terror outfit. Advcoate Mubin Solkar, appearing for the accused, said the court accepted our argument that when the accused was arrested the outfit was not declared a banned organisation by the Union Home Ministry. The Special court had dropped the charge under Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).Majeed, a resident of Kalyan, is alleged to have left the country, with three others, to join the terror outfit in May 2014. In November 2014, Majeed was arrested on his return to India.NIA, in its appeal, claimed that the ISIS was banned by the United Nations Security Council in 2014, which was binding on all members including India. Hence dropping of section 20 of the UAPA against Majeed was erroneous.

42 linked to outfits, including IS, suspected missing in 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forty-two people linked with various organisations, including terror outfit IS, were suspected to have gone missing from Kerala in last five years, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. There was no information about these missing people, Vijayan said in a written reply in the state assembly, adding that all cases connected with IS were probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Vijayan also said that the state government did not receive any confirmation report from central agencies about the death of any of these missing persons. The chief minister said since the LDF government came to power Kerala in May 2016, 281 cases connected with violence involving RSS activists have been registered. He also informed the assembly that six persons were killed in gangster attacks, while a total of 192 people were arrested in connection with attacks by thugs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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