NIA files chargesheet in J&K targeted killing case

NIA files chargesheet in J&K targeted killing case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a chargesheet against six accused in a case of the targeted killing of a sarpanch in south Kashmir.

“Investigations have revealed that the handlers of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) operating from Pakistan hatched a criminal conspiracy in collusion with terrorist associates and over-ground workers and terrorists of HM active in Kashmir Valley to carry out the target killing of the sarpanch, Shabir Ahmad Mir, of village Adoora, Kulgam,” the NIA said.

The NIA on Friday filed the chargesheet in the NIA special court in Jammu. The case was first registered on March 11, 2021 at the Kulgam police station and later re-registered by the NIA on April 04, 2022.

“Apart from this incident, carrying out targeted killings in Kashmir Valley was part of larger conspiracy by terrorists of HM and other proscribed terrorist outfits to disturb peace and disrupt the democratic process established by the Panchayati Raj System in Kashmir Valley and also to create terror among the politically elected representatives,” the NIA said.

The accused were identified as Danish Ayaz Dar, Faisal Hameed Wagay, Nisar Rashid Bhat alias Nasir, Zubair Ahmad Sofi (now killed), Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo (absconding) and Farooq Ahmad Bhat, alias Farooq Nalli (absconding).