SIA Kashmir presents charge sheet against Sarjan Barkati

Sarjan Barkati
Sarjan Barkati | Photo: GNS

SRINAGAR — The Kashmir unit of the State Investigation Agency (SIA) has filed a charge sheet against Sarjan Ahmad Wagay, commonly known as Sarjan Barkati, along with his wife and Abdul Hamid Lone, an active militant of Hizbul Mujahideen believed to be based in Pakistan. The charge sheet was presented before the Special UAPA Court in Kulgam, according to the statement provided by SIA.

The case, registered on March 3, 2023, under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UA(P)A) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC), alleges that Sarjan Ahmad Wagay, a resident of Rebban, Zainapora, Shopian, was involved in a criminal conspiracy to promote militant and secessionist ideologies.

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It is claimed that Wagay, also known as Sarjan Barkati, incited youth to join militant ranks through inflammatory speeches and received funds from suspicious sources, including his Pakistan-based handler, intended for militant activities.

The investigation revealed that Wagay, his wife, and their alleged handler in Pakistan generated funds amounting to INR 1.74 crores, which were purportedly used to support militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The trio maintained communication through secret messaging applications to execute their plans.

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While two of the accused are in custody, the third remains at large in Pakistan. The charge sheet, presented within the statutory period of investigation and with government sanction, includes offences punishable under UA(P)A and IPC.

SIA stated that the investigation is ongoing to apprehend other suspects associated with the accused.

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