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Pro-India poster boy Parra funded Hizb insurgents: India’s apex terror probe agency

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party leader Waheed Ur Rehman Parra allegedly paid Rs 10 lakh to insurgent outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen to ensure its support for the 2019 Indian parliamentary election, an investigation by India’s National Investigation Agency is reported to have found. 

The probe agency arrested Parra in November, just ahead of the District Development Council polls in J&K, in connection with its probe into suspended Deputy Superintendent Davinder Singh’s links with the Hizb. 

Parra, who won the local body polls from his constituency in Pulwama, is currently in jail. 

Parra’s lawyer T N Raina declined to comment on this specific NIA claim. But in his bail application filed before the NIA special court in Jammu earlier this month, the PDP leader who was once hailed for his pro-Indian politics by country’s incumbent defence minister Rajnath Singh denied all allegations of Hizb links and suggested he was being framed “for settling political scores with a political party”. 

Quoting sources The Indian Express reported that the money was allegedly delivered to Hizb operative Syed Mushtaq Naveed alias Naveed Babu through Davinder Singh. 

The former J&K police officer had allegedly received the money at Srinagar airport — where he was posted then — and had carried the cash hidden in a tiffin box, said the report. 

Singh was arrested on January 11, 2020, travelling in his car with Naveed Babu, Hizb district commander for Shupian and Ganderbal; and Hizb operative Rafi Ahmed Dar. 

LoC trader Tanveer Ahmed Wani; advocate Irfan Shafi Mir and Naveed’s brother Syed Irfan Ahmad were later arrested by NIA once the case was transferred to it. 

In its chargesheet filed against the accused in July, NIA alleged that Singh had been providing shelter to Hizb insurgents and was aiding and abetting their activities at the behest of Pakistan. 

“In February 2019, when Naveed Babu and Mir were staying in a hideout allegedly provided by Davinder Singh in Jammu, Mir allegedly called Parra over Signal for financial assistance to help Hizbul,” The Indian Express quoted sources as saying. 

“Mir and Parra have known each other for a long time. Mir told Parra that Rs 10 lakh was required for purchase of five AK-47 rifles for Hizbul. Parra agreed but put a condition that Hizbul would not create any trouble ahead of the polls and that the outfit would take care of his workers in Pulwama. He also sought Hizbul’s support for the polls,” the newspaper quoted an NIA officer as having said. 

Following this, the job of coordinating the deal was given to Davinder Singh who called Parra on his phone on February 18, 2019, NIA sources said according to report. He also received calls from Parra during this period. 

In March that year, Parra allegedly sent a man with Rs 10 lakh in an envelope to Srinagar airport where Singh was then posted. 

“Singh received the money and asked one of his assistants to put the same in a tiffin box and keep it in his car. It was later delivered to Naveed Babu,” The newspaper quoted an NIA officer. 

Investigators have cited confessional statements of Mir and Naveed Babu to support their case along with recorded statements of independent witnesses including those who allegedly saw the money being delivered to Davinder Singh. 

In his bail application, Parra said that NIA has nothing but confessional statements of accused – and these cannot be considered as evidence.

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