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SIU charge-sheets 5 terror associates in Shopian

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Srinagar: The State Investigating Unit Wednesday presented a charge-sheet against five terrorist associates in the Court of Special Judge Kulgam (designated under NIA Act), officials said.

The accused persons — Aaqib Hussain Nanda, son of Aashiq Hussain Nanda; Gowhar Manzoor Bhat, son of Manzoor Ahmad  Bhat, residents of Drabgam Pulwama; Aasif Lateef, son of Lateef Ahmed Naik of  Babapora Zainapora; Afloq Yousuf Digoo, son of Mohammad Yousuf Digoo, and Umer Hussain Dar, son of Mohammad Amin Dar, residents of Naina Batpora, Pulwama, police says “were part of conspiracy hatched by accused active terrorist Raqeeb-Ul-lah of Pakistan (linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT) and Uzair Ashraf (now killed), son of Mohammad Ashraf Dar of Melhora Shopian of terror outfit LeT,” SIU said in a press release.

It said last year “two terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit LeT — Gowhar Manzoor Bhat and Aaqib Hussain Nanda were apprehended at a checkpoint by police, CRPF and Army at village Gulabtang Keller. From their possession, incriminating materials, arms and ammunition, and cash was recovered.

“During the investigation, three more terrorist associates — Asif Lateef, Afloq Yousuf and Umer Hussain Dar were arrested besides involvement of one terrorist — Uzair Ashraf (now killed) also surfaced,” it said.

During further investigation, it has been found that these accused persons “were working as terrorist associates on the instance of one Pakistani based active terrorist namely Raqeeb-ul-lah of proscribed terror outfit LeT.

“The investigation conducted has revealed that the accused persons had developed links with the active terrorists and were providing them all kinds of support knowingly. They were found active supporters of proscribed terror outfit LeT,” SIU release said.

It said SIU Shopian will continue investigation on other parts of the case so that accused persons are produced before court for justice.

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