Notorious middle-east based ‘militant fugitive’ arrested at Srinagar airport: SIA

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State Investigation Agency (SIA) Kashmir on Thursday said it has arrested a notorious militant fugitive based and operating in and from middle-eastern Arab country of Oman, at Srinagar International Airport.

In a statement, the agency said that the accused has been found involved in militant funding case FIR no 09/2021, police station SIA Kashmir.

The statement said that one accused namely Danish Ahmad Koul s/o Bashir Ahmad Koul r/o Tibti colony Hawal Srinagar, working in a middle east country Oman at a business establishment, was found involved in funding active militants by way of financing them through his valley based OGW network.

A case FIR No 09/2021 was lodged on 10.08.2021 under the provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 as amended, waging war against Union of India by way of aiding, abetting, supporting and assisting active militants of Srinagar and south Kashmir at police station SIA Kashmir, it said.

During the course of investigation as per the agency, it was revealed that the accused along with one more militancy financier, a local accomplice namely Hammad Farooq Tramboo s/o Farooq Ahmad Tramboo r/o Kachgari Mohalla Soura Srinagar, in the garb of salesmen, were channelising hefty amounts of funds raised by ISI and Pakistan- based Lashkar-I- Toiba – TRF handlers , masters for distribution among militants of the said proscribed militant organisations and families of eliminated militants in the UT of J-K under a deep rooted criminal conspiracy.

Hammad Farooq as per SIA is already facing trial in the said case at the court of Special Judge NIA court Srinagar, while Danish Ahmad Koul was at large and his arrest was much awaited as he did not join the interrogation sessions of the case during the course of investigation.

The duo as per SIA on the behest of Pakistani handlers had recruited three more conduits in Srinagar for facilitating distribution of funds among adversaries in the UT of J-K.

“The funds have been calculated to be running in millions of INR (Indian National Rupee), which were being pumped into the UT of J-K for furthering militant designs to overawe the government establishments and intimidate general public for dissociation of UT of J-K from the Union of India.”

The investigation so far unfurls deep criminal conspiracy and is expected to give more specific leads for more arrests forthwith, the statement added. (KDC)

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