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Once India’s Kashmir poster boy, Parra gets bail in alleged insurgent funding case as NIA hunts his Srinagar assets

A Peoples Democratic Party leader, once hailed by India’s defence minister for promoting pro-India politics in disputed Indian-administered Kashmir,  has been granted bail after remaining in jail for over a one and a half months in an alleged insurgent financing case. 

PDP youth president Waheed Parra was on Saturday granted bail by a court of India’s National Investigation Agency in Jammu for his alleged links with insurgent group Hizbul Mujahideen.

Parra, who recently won district development council (DDC) elections from his home town Pulwama district of South Kashmir, was produced in the NIA court, which granted him the relief on a surety of Rs one lakh, officials said.

He was arrested by the NIA on November 25 last year, a few days after filing nomination papers as a People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration candidate.

The NIA had said Parra was arrested in connection with the Naveed Babu-Davinder Singh case for supporting Hizbul Mujahideen in conspiracy with the other accused persons, a charge denied by PDP which had termed his arrest as ” ‘politically motivated’.

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.

But as Parra has been granted bail, the NIA has  asked Kashmir administration for details of his properties in Srinagar. 

A report on Friday said that the Indian administration in Kashmir has started gathering details about the properties of Parra in summer capital on the instructions of NIA.

The office of deputy commissioner of Srinagar has issued a communication to officials seeking details about the properties of Parra in the district.

“In this connection you are requested to furnish a detailed report in the matter after proper verification in the light of Revenue records immediately. The matter be treated most urgent in view of investigation,” reads the letter by NIA.

NIA alleged that Parra had paid money through suspended Deputy SP of Jammu and Kashmir Police Davinder Singh, who has already been arrested for ferrying insurgents from Srinagar to Jammu.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had termed the allegations against Parra baseless and fabricated.

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