Weapon theft from house of ex-legislator, Aijaz Mir: NIA files charge-sheet

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed charge sheet in weapon’s theft case from the official residence of ex-legistor, Wachi, Aijaz Ahmad Mir.

According to the charge sheet, 07 AK rifles and one pistol along with ammunition was stolen from the official residence of PDP’s Ex- MLA in Sepetmeber 2018.

Rajbagh police station filed the FIR against Adil Bashir Sheikh, who was deployed as a SPO at Mir’s residence and emerged as one of the accused involving in the theft.

The case was subsequently taken over by NIA for investigation as RC-32/2018/NIA/DLI dated 18th October, 2018.

​During investigation, NIA arrested accused Rafique Ahmad Bhat of Achan, Pulwama, on 10 December, 2018.

“It was revealed that Adil Bashir Sheikh (SPO) of Zainapora, Yawar Ahmad Dar of Thokarpora and Rafique Ahmad Bhat had conspired with Abid Manzoor Magray @ Sajju of Nowpora, Pulwama who was an active terrorist of Hizbul Mujahideen, to steal arms and ammunition for distributing these among active cadres and recruits of Hizbul Mujahideen for furthering their terror activities,” the NIA handout read.

“Accordingly, Adil Bashir Sheikh, Yawar Ahmad Dar and Rafique Ahmad Bhat stole the weapons from government quarter allotted to former PDP MLA on 28.09.2018, while he was away and his security guards had gone to their houses leaving the weapons behind. SPO Adil Bashir Sheikh entered the house on the pretext of cleaning it while the other two waited outside in a Maruti Alto car. Thereafter, they decamped with the weapons and ammunition and fled towards village Achan and hid the weapons in a field. After committing the instant offence, all the three joined the militant ranks of Hizbul Mujahideen”.

​During investigation, the NIA handout claimed that the role of Syed Naveed Babu of Nazneenpora, Shopian and HM Commander Riyaz Naikoo emerged in the case, for “radicalising and training to HM terrorists including Adil Bashir Sheikh, Yawar Ahmad Dar and Rafique Ahmad Bhat”.

“Two accused persons namely Yawar Ahmad Dar and Abid Manzoor Magray @ Sajju were killed in encounters with security forces on 16.05.2019 and 31.05.2019 respectively,” the handout stated.

“​Charge-Sheet has been filed in the Special NIA Court, Jammu against accused persons namely, Rafique Ahmad Bhat and absconder Adil Bashir Sheikh u/s 120B, 381 Ranbir Penal Code, sections 18, 20, 23, 38 and 39 of the UA (P) Act, and Section 7, 25 of the Arms Act,” it added.

The NIA handout added that the further investigation continues in respect of other accused persons including Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Riyaz Naikoo.

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