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Kashmiri Separatist Leader Asiya Andrabi, Two Aides Taken into NIA Custody

The NIA, on directions of the Union Home Ministry, registered a case against them as well as her organisation, which is banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, in April this year.

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Updated:July 6, 2018, 12:56 PM IST
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Kashmiri Separatist Leader Asiya Andrabi, Two Aides Taken into NIA Custody
Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi has been arrested in Kashmir. (Photo: Reuters)
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New Delhi:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday took custody of chief of the banned separatist outfit Dukhtaraan-e-Milat (DeM), Asiya Andrabi, and two of her aides in connection with a case registered in April this year for allegedly waging war against India. She is also being booked for delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

Andrabi's bail was rejected by the High Court last month and was kept in a prison in Srinagar. She is now being brought to Delhi along with two of her associates, Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen, the officials said.

All three will be produced before a special NIA court later for custodial interrogation, they added.

The NIA, on directions of the Union Home Ministry, registered a case against them as well as her organisation, which is banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, in April this year.

According to the FIR, the "central government has received information that one Asiya Andrabi and her associates namely Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen are actively running a terrorist organization named as 'Dukhtaran-E-Millat' (DEM) which is proscribed under the First Schedule to the UAPA".

"They are using various media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches that endanger the integrity, security and sovereignty of India. DEM through Asiya Andrabi openly advocates secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India and has also called for Jihad and use of violence against India," the FIR alleged.

The agency also said in the FIR that Andrabi and her associates had spoken, written and also published "visible representations that bring into hatred and contempt apart from exciting disaffection towards the Government of India".

The organisation, it added, is promoting enmity, hatred and ill-will between different communities on the grounds of religion and is doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

Andrabi has solicited help from proscribed terrorist organizations and along with her associates has entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India, the FIR alleged.

She was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Anantnag in April this year for allegedly planning to organise a large-scale demonstration and stone-pelting in the area. She was not released despite being granted bail by the court and was arrested in a different case.

The high court cancelled the bail of Andrabi and others in the case after police submitted its case diaries and the investigation was carried out.

It included the analysis of Andrabi's phone that purportedly showed that she was in constant touch with militant leaders across the border.


(With inputs from PTI)
| Edited by: Sana Fazili
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