NIA files charge sheet in LeT recruitment case of Kulgam

National Investigating Agency (NIA)

SRINAGAR — National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a charge-sheet in RC-28/2018/NIA/JMU in the Special NIA Court, Jammu against three accused persons Muneeb Hameed Bhat son of Abdul Hameed Bhat, a resident of village Nanibugh, district Kulgam, Junaid Ahmad Mattoo son of Manzoor Ahmad Mattoo, resident of village Khudwani, district Kulgam, and Umer Rashid Wani son of Abdul Rashid Wani, resident of village Khudwani, district Kulgam under section 120(B) of Ranbir Penal Code, Sections 13 (2), 18, 39 and 40 of UAP Act, 1967.

According to the statement issued here, the instant case arose out of FIR No. 197/2017, dated 09.11.2017 in Police Station Kulgam in J&K.

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The case pertains to alleged subversive activities of militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kulgam district, whereby it was motivating youth such as accused Muneeb Hameed Bhat and others to join Lashkar-e-Taiba and organized their travel to Pakistan for militant training on the basis of valid travel documents on the recommendation of separatist leaders.

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Later, NIA took over the case on 25.09.2018 and re-registered it as RC-28/2018/NIA/DLI.

According to the statement, investigation by NIA established that LeT militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo motivated accused Muneeb Hameed Bhat to join LeT and go to Pakistan for militant training. “Another LeT militant, Umer Rashid Wani, gave him funds to meet the expenses of his Pakistan visit. In July-August 2017, accused Muneeb Hameed Bhat visited Pakistan on valid travel documents for militant training with the assistance of separatist leaders. He was imparted weapons training and also training for using secret social media chat platforms.”

“After returning from Pakistan, he remained constantly in touch with LeT handlers in Pakistan and active militants of Kulgam area on secret messaging platforms for carrying out subversive and terrorist activities in Kashmir Valley. He was working as a sleeper cell of LeT and further intended to join the militant ranks in banned terrorist organization LeT.”

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“The investigation also established that during the year 2016 to 2018, many Kashmiri youth were sent by separatist leaders to Pakistan on valid travel documents for getting terrorist training with active assistance of the commanders of militant groups. These youth got terrorist training in the terrorist camps of Pakistan for a period ranging from 5 to 15 days. After returning, they are initially used as sleeper cells by militant organizations and subsequently recruited for active militancy,” the statement reads.

The statement further said that the accused Junaid Ahmed Mattoo and Umer Rashid Wani were killed in separate encounters in J&K in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Meanwhile, an official said that further investigation in the case is continuing.

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