Jammu : The NIA has filed a chargesheet against three persons who allegedly underwent training in Pakistan to carry out terrorist attacks in India on the instructions of Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), NIA said.
The chargesheet against Muneeb Hameed Bhat, Junaid Ahmad Mattoo and Umer Rashid Wani, all residents of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, was filed before a special NIA court in Jammu on Thursday.
“The instant case arose out of FIR No.197/2017 dated 09.11.2017, PS Kulgam, J&K. It pertains to subversive
activities of miltant organization Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Kulgam district whereby it was motivating youth such as
accused Muneeb Hameed Bhat and others to join Lashkar-e-Taiba and organized their travel to Pakistan for terrorist
training on the basis of valid travel documents on the recommendation of separatist leaders. Later, NIA took over the case
on 25.09.2018 and re-registered it as RC-28/2018/NIA/DLI.” NIA said in a statement.
The statement said that, the nvestigation by NIA established that LeT militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo motivated accused Muneeb Hameed
Bhat to join LeT and go to Pakistan for terrorist training. Another LeT militant Umer Rashid Wani gave him funds to
meet the expenses of his Pakistan visit.
“In July-August 2017, accused Muneeb Hameed Bhat visited Pakistan on valid travel documents for militant training with the assistance of separatist leaders. He was imparted weapons training and also training for using secret social media chat platforms. After returning from Pakistan, he remained constantly in touch with
LeT handlers in Pakistan and active militants of Kulgam area on secret messaging platforms for carrying out subversive
and militant activities in Kashmir Valley. He was working as a sleeper cell of LeT and further intended to join the militant
ranks in banned militant organisation LeT,” NIA said.
Investigation has also established that during the year 2016 to 2018, many Kashmiri youth were sent by separatist
leaders to Pakistan on Valid Travel Documents for getting militant training with active assistance of the commanders of
militant groups. These youth got militant training in the militant camps of Pakistan for period ranging from 5 to 15 days.
After returning, they are initially used as sleeper cells by militant organisations and subsequently recruited for active
militancy, NIA said.
“Accused Junaid Ahmed Mattoo and Umer Rashid Wani were killed in separate encounters in J&K in 2017 and
2018,” it added.
Further investigation in the case is continued, NIA spokesman said.