SRINAGAR: State Investigation Agency (SIA), Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday said it has arrested 8 absconding terrorists and their associates involved in serious crimes of terrorism and disruptive activities involved in TADA cases registered around three decades ago in different Police Stations of the district Doda, Jammu and Kashmir and charge-sheeted in the TADA Court Jammu.
The agency, in a statement said, ‘These absconding terrorists had managed to escape from the clutches of law for decades by going underground and remaining untraced for sometime and then resurfaced to enjoy normal family life at their native or some distant places. Some of these terrorist absconders have managed to get Government services and contracts, others found engaged in private businesses and even working in the Court.”
These apprehended eight absconder terrorists include Adil Farooq faridi son of Abdul Ghani Faridi resident of H No. 230 Sahidi Chowk Jammu (Government employee presently posted in JK BOSE, Jammu), Mohd. Iqbal @ Javed son of Sikander Khan, resident of Asthan Mohalla Doda, Mujahid Hussain @ Nisar Ahmed son of Abdul Rasheed Gathwan resident of Asthan Mohalla Doda , Tariq Hussain son of Ghulam Ali Misger resident of Barshalla Doda, Ishtiaq Ahmed Dev @ Ajaz sim of Mohd. Ayoub Dev resident of Sah Mohalla Doda, Ajaz Ahmed @ Mohd. Iqbal son of Abdul Rehman resident of Dandi Bhaderwah, Jameel Ahmed @ jugnu @ Chika Khan son of Faiz Ahmed resident of Kursari Bhaderwah and Ishfaq Ahmed son of Ghulam Ahmed Sheikh resident of Bun Doda (working as writer in Court Complex Doda), the statement said, adding that they will be produced before the TADA / POTA court Jammu in pursuance of warrants issued against the aforementioned absconder terrorists.
They said “These terrorist absconders were involved in kidnapping for ransom and threat to kill one Ghulam Mohd Wani resident of Doda on gun point (Case FIR No. 158/1992 under sections 3, 4 of TADA, 364 RPC, 3/25 Arms Act of PS Doda), kidnapping for ransom and killing of Mohd Sadiq and Tariq Hussain of Doda from their home on intervening night of 23/24 April 1993.” Tariq Hussain was later killed and Mohd Sadiq seriously injured (Case FIR No. 48/1993 u/s 3, 4 of TADA, 302, 307 of RPC, 3/25 Arms Act, PS Doda ), instigating people by setting false narrative during the ongoing prayer of Shabae-e-Qadir in Jamia Masjid Doda and other Masques of Doda that atrocities are committed on the innocent people of Kashmir and motivated them to observe strike in Doda on the gun point by these terrorists (case FIR No. 58/1991 u/s 3 and 4 of TADA, 153/194-A RPC of PS Doda), and recovery of huge cache of Arms and ammunition on 22 June 1994 concealed by these terrorists under the ground at Shambaz area (case FIR No. 101/1994 u/s 3, 4 of TADA, 3/25 Arms Act, PS Doda), they agency said.
“In pursuance of its larger objective and mandate of achieving zero terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, SIA has initiated a special drive to trace and produce before the concerned Court all absconders of terrorism related cases for facing the trial under law.”
The Statement further said SIA has so far verified and identified 369 (215-Jammu and 154-Kashmir) absconders out of 734 absconders (317 in Jammu and 417 in Kashmir) in 327 TADA/POTA cases. Out of 369 verified absconders, 127 remained untraced, 80 have died and 45 are residing in Pakistan/Pok and other countries abroad and 4 are lodged in jail.
How these absconder terrorists managed to escape from the law and live normal life at their native place without being traced for so long and other aspects of larger criminal conspiracy and nexus thereof and role of insiders if any will also be investigated by the SIA, the statement added. (KDC)