PDP's Wahid Parra involved in 'dirty' gunrunning, paying terrorists for political gains, alleges NIA

PDP’s Wahid Parra involved in ‘dirty’ gunrunning, paying terrorists for political gains, alleges NIA

In the charge sheet, the NIA has alleged that Parra was involved in the “dirty business” of gunrunning from Kupwara area to south Kashmir in 2016, when PDP was in an alliance government with the BJP in the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state. “He (Parra) used to visit the Kupwara area with his escort party and bring weapons in his vehicle as none of the security agencies used to check his vehicle en-route (with he) being an important political entity,” the agency said.

Parra was arrested by the NIA in November last year in connection with the terror funding case in which DSP Davinder Singh and three others were also arrested. However, Parra was granted bail by the NIA court, which said there was no reference to him in the original as well as the supplementary charge sheets presented in July and October last year respectively.

The court went on to observe that “there was not even whisper” regarding Parra’s involvement other than that a statement in February 2020 of an accused that allegedly implicated him. However, he was arrested by the counter intelligence wing of the CID in Kashmir in a case related to nexus between mainstream politicians and secessionists, and continues to be in jail since then. His bail was rejected by the NIA court in Srinagar.

The NIA alleged that Parra had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Singh and other accused in the case including commander of banned Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Naveed Mushtaq for procurement of arms and ammunition for the terrorists operating in Kashmir. The association of Parra was “part of the larger conspiracy hatched by Pakistan based leadership of banned terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen to make inroads into important institutions and entities for want of desired support to carry forward the agenda of secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the union of India by way of violent means i.e. terrorist activities”, the agency said.

Charging him under various sections of the anti-terror law and the Indian Penal Code, the NIA said Parra was not only associated with banned terrorist organisations like the Hizbul and the Lashker-e-Taiba but also in constant touch with secessionist leaders. He extended financial support to them to keep the situation of Jammu and Kashmir volatile, it alleged.

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