|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Jan 11: Continuing with its tough stand against militants and sympathizers, the government has accorded sanction to prosecute a man for providing shelter to a Pakistani militant in Handwara area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district.
The police, reports said, during preliminary investigation of case FIR No. 380/2017 U/S 120-B, 121A, RPC 18,20 ULA(P) Act, 7/25 A Act of P/S Handwara, apprehended a militant, Mohammad Amir Awan alias Abu Hamas son of Mohammad Reyaz of Baldiyas Town Karachi Pakistan who disclosed that Afaq Akbar Bhat son Mohammad Akbar Bhat of Pandithpora provided shelter, food etc. to him in his home, "thereby helping in increasing the militant activities and provided every sort of aid to him in carrying militant activities, having possession of illegal arms and is also associated with banned outfit Lashker-i-Toiba, besides had provided shelter to other foreign militants namely; Abu Maz, Chota Dujana, Bada Dujana, Mohammad Bai, Haider and Azad Alias Abu Amir etc." Police said a case FIR No. 70/2017 U/S 18, 19,20 ULA (P) Act, 7/25 IA Act was registered in police station Kralgund and investigation taken up.
"During the course of investigation, accused Aafaq Akbar Bhat 5 was arrested and during questioning, he disclosed of having dumped arms and ammunition in his green house situated in home yard and in his vegetable garden."
He also disclosed that statement was prepared and on the basis of disclosure statement, huge quantity of arms and ammunition and huge quantity of incriminating articles and other incriminating material were recovered and seized.
Based on the facts and circumstances that enumerated during the course of investigation, government said prima facie case u/s 18,19,39 UAPA Act is established against the accused Aafaq Akbar Bhat and investigation of the case closed as challan; "The Authority appointed by the State Government under sub-section (2) of section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, has independently scrutinized the Case Diary file and all the other relevant documents relating to the case and has come to a definite conclusion that this is a fit case for accord of sanction for launching prosecution against the accused person," the government's home department said and ordered launching of prosecution against him.