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2020 UAPA case: Supplementary chargesheet filed against PDP leader Para, 12 others

Para is the only accused alive out of the 13 against whom the chargesheet has been filed in an NIA court

The chargesheet makes a note of how all, except Para, accused in the case were killed in various anti-militancy operations of the security forces in J&K. (Representational File Photo)

Nearly two-and-half months after the J&K High Court granted bail to PDP leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Para underlining the “sketchy” evidence on record, the Counter Intelligence unit of the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet against him and 12 others before an NIA court in Srinagar.

Para is the only accused alive out of 13 against whom the supplementary chargesheet has been filed in a 2020 case registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the government of India), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121), and 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.

Para, who was granted bail by the J&K High Court on May 26 this year after spending 17 months in jail, is accused in a case related to “allegations that some political functionaries misuse their membership, position in and/or affiliation with political parties and have, as part of a criminal conspiracy, established clandestine connections and relations with different Pakistani supported terrorist and secessionist organisations operating in J&K for a number of reasons including the immediate motive of furthering their political clout among local populace, countering the influence of rival political parties and their members.”

Quoting statements from the staff and security officials attached with Para at his official residence when the PDP was in power before June 2018, the chargesheet states that Para, despite being a protected person, was not allowing frisking of the people visiting him at his Gupkar residence.

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The “inference can be drawn that the accused was having understanding with terrorists; otherwise, a protected person of the stature of the A-01 (Para) would never stop his guard personnel from frisking the visitors”, the chargesheet said.

The chargesheet notes that Para “had established links through OGW (over ground worker) Mohammad Yousuf Lone alias, Yousuf Gadroo, (accused no. 2) with terrorists, both local and foreign.” Gadroo was killed by unidentified persons in April 2017.

The chargesheet also makes a note of how all accused in the case, except Para, were killed in various anti-militancy operations of the security forces in J&K. It mentions “meetings” of slain militants Umais Ahmad Sheikh and Irfan Ahmad Sheikh with Para at Pulwama before they joined militancy. They were killed in two different encounters with security forces at Dudwan Sumbal, Bandipora on December 24, 2015 and November 25, 2019 respectively.

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It also states that Para had close links with two foreign LeT terrorists Abu Dujana and Abu Qasim, who were accused of being involved in a series of killings of security/police personnel and other subversive activities, and had been seen meeting them through OGW Yosuf Gadoora during the period of 2014-15 and 2016-2017. Dujana and Qasim were killed in encounters with security forces/police on October 29, 2015 and August 2, 2017, at Kulgam and Pulwama, respectively.

The chargesheet states that while accused Naseer Ahmad Pandit and Umar Ali Mir were killed in an encounter with security forces at Dalipora, Pulwama on May 16, 2019, Acid Manzoor Margay was killed in an encounter with security forces at Dragad, Shopian on May 31, 2019.

Accused Ashaq Hussain Ganai was killed in an encounter with security forces at Panjran, Pulwama on June 6, 2019 while Irfan Ahmad Rather was killed in an encounter at Pachhar Rajpora, Pulwama on November 25, 2019. Accused Jehangir Ahmad Malik was also killed in an encounter with security forces at Shopian on June 18, 2020 and accused Tawseef Ahmad Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on January 21, 2019 at Chararisharief, according to the police.

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While granting him bail in May, the J&K High Court had termed the evidence produced against Para to be “sketchy”. “The evidence assembled by the investigating agency and relied upon by the prosecution… even if accepted as it is without any denial or rebuttal by the appellant, is not such on the basis of which the court can formulate an opinion that the allegations proved during the investigation are prima facie true,” the court had said while granting bail to Para.

First published on: 09-08-2022 at 10:12:53 pm
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