New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) The NIA on Friday filed a charge sheet against six people, including three slain Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorists and three arrested over ground workers of the terror group for providing support to Pakistan-based terrorists to kill BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar.
An NIA spokesperson here said that the anti-terror probe agency has filed the charge sheet against three slain HM terrorists — Osama-bin-Javid, Haroon Abbas Wani and Zahid Hussain and three OWGs Nisar Ahmed Sheikh, Nishad Ahmed Butt and Azad Hussain Bagwan, all residents of Kishtwar, in a Special NIA court in Jammu.
They have been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Arms Act.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) official said that the Parihar brothers were shot at point-blank range outside their house on November 1, 2018 when they were returning home after closing their shop.
The J&K government had earlier constituted a SIT to probe the killings, and based on its findings agreed to transfer the case to the NIA three weeks later.
The NIA official said that accused Sheikh, Butt and Bagwan, all residents of Kishtwar, were arrested on November 20, 2019. He said these three used to provide logistic support to three terrorists Javid, Wani and Hussain, who murdered the Parihar brothers.
The official said that the NIA investigation unearthed a larger conspiracy of these terrorists and the OGWs of HM to try to revive terrorism in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban.
“These terrorists not only murdered the Parihar brothers but also carried out three other terrorist acts in Kishtwar in 2019,” the official claimed.
He said in furtherance of the said conspiracy led by Jahangir Saroori, Commander of HM in Kishtwar district, the three accused persons devised ways and means to raise funds to sustain the activities of the banned terrorist organisation.
They looted weapons from police or personal security officers, he said.
The official said that Javid, Wani and Hussain were killed in different encounters between the HM cadres and security forces in Ramban and Doda districts in September 2019 and January 2020.