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Now, Kashmir police arrest PDP’s Parra; Mehbooba says brazen contempt of court

Peoples Democratic Party youth wing president Waheed Parra, who was granted bail by an NIA court Saturday, was arrested again on Monday by the Kashmir Police over a case related to an alleged nexus involving politicians, insurgents and pro-freedom forces.

The case was registered by the Criminal Investigation (Kashmir) range which has been probing insurgent cases and has filed over two dozen FIRs.

Para was produced before a court in Jammu which remanded him to police custody till January 18, police officials said. 

He would be brought to Srinagar for questioning.

He was arrested by the NIA on November 25 in a case related to his alleged links with Hizbul Mujahideen insurgents.

Parra, who recently won District Development Council (DDC) polls from his hometown in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, was granted relief on a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh and a personal bond of the like amount, the officials said.

However, he was whisked away by sleuths of a security agency as he came out of the Jammu district jail upon being released, but it was not immediately clear whether he was wanted in any other case or detained for questioning.

PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had expressed concern over his detention and sought intervention of Lt Governor Manoj Sinha for securing his release.

“Despite NIA court granting bail to @parawahid after thorough court proceedings, he has now been detained by CIK in Jammu. Under what law & for what crime has he been arrested? This is brazen contempt of court. Request @manojsinha_ji to intervene so that justice is served,” Mehbooba had said in a tweet.

Parra was considered to be a key motivator for youth to join pro-India politics in Pulwama and adjoining Shopian district when anti-India insurgency was gaining more ground.

As secretary of J&K Sports Council from 2016 to 2018, Parra played a major role in organising sporting events in nook and corner of Indian-administered Kashmir, aiding India’s discourse that peace had returned to the disputed region.

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