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PDP leader Waheed Ur Rehman Parra shifted to Jammu jail from Srinagar

People’s Democratic Party youth wing president Waheed Ur Rehman Parra, who has been accused of abetting militancy in the region, has been shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu.

Sources said Parra has been shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail from Central Jail Srinagar on Friday morning.

It is pertinent to mention here that Parra, the youth wing leader of the People’s Democratic Party, was arrested by National Investigation Agency in connection with the Naveed Babu-Davinder Singh case for supporting Hizbul Mujahideen in conspiracy with the other accused persons.

The senior PDP leader, a close aide of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, was an asset for Pakistan-based militant groups and his 13 years’ journey from 2007 as a journalist and politician was a “saga of subterfuge, deceit and double-dealing”, alleges a police charge-sheet against him.

Parra is alleged to have established a nexus with militants for seeking support from them for political gains and reciprocated it by providing a range of help and support which led to militant strikes.

With the help of five protected witnesses and technical intelligence, the Criminal Investigation Kashmir (CIK), a wing of the CID Department, submitted a charge-sheet before an NIA Court recently alleging that Parra was hand-in-glove with militants to further the agenda of Pakistan-based militant groups and also to ensure that his political adversaries are neutralised.

The 19-page charge sheet, with hundreds of pages of annexures, has given instances of his targeted attempts to eliminate political opponents and to help his party leaders by paying terror groups to swing the electoral battle in his party’s favour.

His lawyer has denied all these charges during various court proceedings related to his bail and custodial pleas and claimed that his client, who won the District Development Council elections last year, was being made a political scapegoat.

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