Terror Funding Case: Special NIA Court Sentenced 4 Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists

The Special Court of Patiala House has sentenced four terrorists of the Pakistani terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) to rigorous imprisonment for carrying out terrorist activities in India through terror funding. Among them, Muhammad Saifi Shah and Muzaffar Ahmed Dar were sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and Talib Lali and Mushtaq Ahmed Lone were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined. The convicts had accepted all the charges against them on September 27. The court of Special Judge Parveen Singh had convicted the four on October 4.

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The National Security Agency (NIA) had alleged that Hizbul Mujahideen was regularly receiving funds from neighboring countries to carry out terror activities in India. Hizbul is actively involved in the guise of Jammu Kashmir Affected Relief Trust (JKART) and is carrying forward terrorist activities. The four convicts were convicted for the offenses of raising funds for a terrorist act, conspiracy, being a member of a terrorist gang or organization.

Apart from this, all were also convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) as well as the Indian Penal Code for waging war, attempt to wage war, and abetment to waging war against the Government of India. Among the convicts, Saifi Shah and Talib Lali are residents of the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, while Dar Budgam and Ahmed Lone are residents of the Anantnag district.

NIA court acquits four accused in a terror funding case. The court, while acquitting the accused, said that there was no evidence that the word ‘ghee’ was the codeword for explosives. Mohammed Salman, Mohammad Salim, Arif Ghulam Bashi, and Mohd. Hussain Molani were arrested for allegedly receiving funds from a Pakistani terrorist organization. It was alleged that these four were recruiting sleeper cells by taking funds from Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation so that terror could be spread in the country.

The NIA had told the court that this fund was taken in the name of building a mosque. Two messages received from the phone of Mohammad Salman were included by the NIA in its charge sheet. The message was, “Ghee has been arranged, the Bombay Wali party will also come and send it to them.”