New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday sent Kashmiri separatist leaders Shabir Shah, Masrat Alam Bhat and Asiya Andrabi to judicial custody till July 12 in connection with a ‘terror’ funding case.
They were presented before Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil on expiry of their 10-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody. The NIA requested the court to send them to judicial custody.
Citing poor health, Andrabi requested the court to appear before it through video conference for the next hearing. The court asked the defence counsel to approach the concerned court after vacation.
Shah, Bhat and Andrabi was arrested on June 4 in connection with the terror funding case, which the NIA registered in May 2017 after violence erupted in the Kashmir Valley.
So far, the agency has arrested several separatist leaders, including Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah.
Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan.
Shahid-ul-Islam is Farooq Dar’s aide and Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat. Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was arrested in August 2017.
Asiya Andrabi — chief of the banned Dukhtaran-e-Millat, a separatist organisation — has been accused of waging war and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir. She was arrested on July 6 last year.
The NIA had on January 18, 2018 filed a charge sheet against 12 persons, including Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin in connection with the case.
Later the agency filed supplementary charge sheets against the other accused, including Kashmiri businessman Watali and Dubai-based businessman Naval Kishore Kapoor.
Shabir Shah is undergoing judicial custody in Tihar Jail, after he was arrested on July 25, 2017 on charges of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005 when the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Hawala dealer Aslam Wani.
9 army soldiers injured in Pulwama IED blast
Srinagar, June 17: At least nine army men were injured in an IED blast at Aarihal village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday evening.
A police official said that around 06:00 pm militants triggered an IED planted on road side at Aarihal when the vehicle of 44 RR was crossing the area, causing injuries to at least nine soldiers.
Soon after the blast, militants fired upon the vehicle, the official said, adding that forces also returned the fire. “Initial reports reveal that the vehicle suffered extensive damage,” the official added.
The injured army men, according to the official, were immediately rushed to Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar. Three among the injured soldiers are stated to be serious, sources said.
Local residents of the area said that they heard a loud sound of the blast followed by firing which triggered panic in the area.
Soon after the incident, additional reinforcement of army, police and SOG was rushed to the spot and launched a massive search operation to nab the attackers.
Militant killed in Achabal gunfight
Srinagar: A militant was killed on Monday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.
Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) of state police personnel surrounded the Bidoora village in Achabal area following information about the presence of militants.
“Hiding militants opened fire just as the cordon around them was being tightened. A militant was killed.Exact identities and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained,” a police officer said.
Forget about numbers, every word you say is valuable to us: PM to opposition
New Delhi:At the start of the first budget session of NDA 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a conciliatory note with the opposition asking the non-NDA players to shun their concern about numbers and trust that the opposition word is valuable for the government.
“A strong and active opposition is the sine qua non of a healthy democracy. I urge the opposition leaders to forget their concern about numbers. Every word the opposition says, every sentiment the opposition expresses is valuable to us. When we sit in MP’s chair, we no longer represent camps. I hope we can work neutrally for national good,” Modi said in his customary start of the session address.
He said the current session would present an occasion for everyone to know the new members.
“When the new members come new hopes and new dreams also come. Indian democracy’s strength is getting revealed in every election. The highest-ever women representation and enhanced women voting marked the just-concluded election. After many decades people elected a government with full majority and with higher mandate,” the PM said seeking opposition support in realising people’s dreams.
He said the experience in the past five years had been that whenever Parliament had functioned in a healthy environment many decisions of national well-being had been taken.
“Based on this experience I hope all parties will raise the bar for debates, will help take people-friendly decisions and work with us to realise people’s aspirations,” Modi said.
Referring to his “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas slogan”, the PM said the government would work towards its pledge.
“In democracy a strong and active opposition is essential and I hope the opposition leaders will cast away the concerns of numbers. For us their words and sentiments are valuable…I hope instead of getting divided into camps we will work neutrally to further the dignity of the House and national good,” the PM said.
He said he was hopeful that Parliament’s productivity would improve and everyone would see greater collective concern for national issues.
“I urge you all MPs to lift the quality of the debate though sometimes there’s no relation between creative debate and TRPs. Credible criticism of the government is welcome,” he said.
The PM has called a meeting of political parties leaders on Wednesday to discuss ‘one nation one election’ and a day later he will host a dinner for all MPs.
The Lok Sabha on Monday will witness oath-taking by new MPs. Pro tem speaker Virendra Kumar will administer the oath.