January 2020 News

Interrogation of Hizbul terrorists reveal active terror funding network in Kashmir

15 January 2020
India Today
Manjeet Sehgal

Chandigarh: Tightening the noose around the arrested Jammu and Kashmir DSP Davinder Singh and Hizbul ultras, the security agencies including the state police were trying to find out more about the financial network of the Kashmiri terrorists which grew bigger after the separatist movement was fanned by the abrogation of Article 370. "The militants were extracting money from the locals which was being used for anti-national activities. The arrested senior cop was given Rs 12 lakh for escorting the terrorists from the Valley to Chandigarh. From where this money came is the thing to be investigated," a source told India Today. The security agencies are in fact trying to expose the entiere terror financing, weapon supply and courier network. The DGP Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said that no foreign (Pakistan) hand has been found in the case so far. More details will come to light after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) formally registers a case and starts the investigations. Davinder Singh's links with Kashmiri militants were not limited to Naveed Babu alone. Sources said that he might have escorted many other terrorists for amassing money post Parliament attack. The police was preparing the list of the assets owned by him and his close relatives. Initial investigation has revealed he was about to solemnise the marriage of a close relative besides competing the under construction multi-storey house in Indra Nagar area, Srinagar. Interrogation of Naveed and his accomplice has revealed that the Kashmiri militants usually shift their bases to lower areas of the Valley and even frequently venture neighbouring states like Punjab and Chandigarh in the garb of shawl and dry fruit sellers. Naveed's brother, according to the sources, is studying near Chandigarh and his parents were also on the move to confuse the police. They were in Jammu earlier and are now believed to have shifted somewhere in New Delhi. The agencies were also trying to espose Davinder's connections in the neighbouring Punjab and Chandigarh. He was supposed to drop Hizbul ultra Naveed and two others at Chandigarh from where they had to take the onward journey to New Delhi. As the sources said, the arrested terrorists had a terror plan in hand. Some other terrorists were also supposed to join them. If there were Kashmiris or the Khalistanis is yet to be found out. The agencies were grilling the arrested DSP Davinder Singh and terrorists to find answers to these questions. "We are looking into the nexus minutely. As far as the investigation of this case is concerned first it will be focused on the present case only but other aspects can also be investigated if any link is established at any stage. We had launched five operations on the basis of the inputs given by Naveed Babu but no arrests have been made thereafter. We have destroyed a couple of hideouts but did not find any terrorist," DGP Jammu and Kashmir Dilbag Singh said on Wednesday.