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‘Parra gave ₹5 crores to Geelani’s son-in-law, PDP was funding Hurriyat: Indian probe agency claims

Jailed Peoples Democratic Party leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra gave ₹5 crores to resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law to fund the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the Indian anti-insurgency probe agency has claimed.

A report quoting a charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency said the money was given when the PDP was in power in Jammu and Kashmir while being in an alliance with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP.
The National Investigation Agency had on March 22 filed a charge sheet in its probe into the case related to suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen militant Naveed Babu.

The supplementary charge sheet was filed against Parra, who allegedly worked as a financier for Hizbul Mujahideen, and two gun runners — Shaheen Ahmad Lone and Tafazul Hussain Parimoo.

The NIA in its charge sheet, claimed: “Parra gave ₹5 crores to Altaf Ahmed Shah aka Altaf Fantoosh, separatist leader of All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) who was charge-sheeted in NIA’s terror-funding case, to keep the situation boiling in the Kashmir Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.”

Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, is currently lodged in Tihar jail in connection with the terror-funding case.

In the charge sheet, the NIA said, “The amount of ₹5 crores was given by Parra on behalf of PDP to Hurriyat Conference for keeping the secessionist activities alive.”

The charge sheet also claimed that Altaf Ahmed Shah was a close associate of Parra and was in “continuous touch” with him during the turmoil in the Valley after Burhan was slain.

Parra was arrested by the NIA in October last year. He had recently won in the District Development Council polls in J&K.
Suspended police officer Singh is currently lodged in Kathua jail in the Jammu division. He was arrested by the police on January 11 last year from the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway while transporting two Hizbul militants — Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmad Rather — and a law school dropout, Irfan Shafi Mir, to Jammu.

After the arrest of Singh, initial investigations were done by the J&K Police before the case was handed over to the NIA. The police had said that the two terrorists and the lawyer had planned to travel to Pakistan.

The PDP had formed the government in J&K in alliance with the BJP on March 1, 2015, with Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as the Chief Minister. After he passed away on January 7, 2016, his daughter Mehbooba Mufti was sworn-in as the Chief Minister on April 4, 2016. However, the BJP pulled out of the alliance on June 19, 2018.

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