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25 people charged for 25 for recruiting ‘hybrid militants’ for attacks in Kashmir

India’s National Investigation Agency on Friday filed a charge sheet against 25 accused before a special court for a conspiracy to recruit hybrid militants to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

The case pertains to hatching a conspiracy, both physical as well as in cyberspace, for undertaking alleged militant acts in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of India, by cadres of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Al-Badr and their affiliates such as The Resistance Front, People Anti-Fascist Forces among others, a spokesperson of the NIA said.

Bashir Ahmed Peer, Imtiyaz Kundoo, Bilal Ahmed Mir, Owais Ahmed Dar, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Tariq Ahmed Bafanda, Mohd. Haneef Chairalu, Hanan Gulzar Dar, Mateen Ahmed Bhat, Kamran Ashraf Reshi, Rayid Bashir, Mohd. Manan Dar, Zamin Adil Bhat, Hariis Nisar Langoo, Rouf Ahmad Bhat, Sobiya Aziz Mir, Amir Ahmad Gojree, Sadaat Amin Malik, Ishfaq Amin Wani, Rashid Muzafar Ganai, Nashir Ahmad Mir, Irfan Tariq Antoo, Suhail Ahmad Thokar, Adil Ahmad War and Arif Farooq Bhat have been named.

The accused, all residents of Jammu and Kashmir, have been charged with sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the NIA official said.

An investigation has unearthed a deep-rooted conspiracy of militant groups joining hands in form of a united group and shifting their modus operandi by floating offshoot outfits portrayed as indigenous resistance groups, in whose name militant acts are being committed with an intention to claim deniability at the international level, the spokesperson said.

After the abrogation of Article 370, this shift was discernible in claims of militant acts done in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency official said.

Many affiliate/offshoots outfits such as TRF, PAFF, United Liberation Front J&K ULF J&K, Muslim Janbaaz Force (MJF), Kashmir Janbaaz Force (KJF), Kashmir Tigers, Kashmir Fight, Mujahideen Gazwat-ul-Hind, Kashmir Gaznavi Force among others had suddenly mushroomed, laying claims to various militant acts, the spokesperson said.

All these outfits are in fact offshoots/rechristened versions of militant groups based in Pakistan and have been floated under a deep-rooted conspiracy to portray militancy in Jammu and Kashmir as home-grown insurgency, the NIA official said.

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