SRINAGAR: PDP youth wing president Waheed Para, who was granted bail by an NIA court and released on Saturday, was on Monday re-arrested by the J&K Police under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in another case related to an alleged nexus involving politicians, terrorists and secessionists.
After being lodged in NIA’s custody since November 25 last year for his alleged links with Hijbul Mujaheedin terrorists, Para was on produced before a court in Jammu on Monday which remanded him in police custody till January 18, officials said. He has now been put up in Jammu central jail and will be brought to Srinagar for questioning, they added.
Former J&K chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti severely criticized the move and alleged that Para was arrested on fabricated charges. She tweeted: “Despite NIA Court granting bail to @parawahid after thorough court proceedings, he has now been detained by CIK [Counter Intelligence Kashmir] in Jammu. Under what law and for what crime has he been arrested? This is brazen contempt of court. Request @manojsinha ji [Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha] to intervene so that justice is served.”
“This is purely political vendetta against PDP for raising our voice against Delhi’s onslaught,” she further tweeted.
On November 25 last year, the NIA had arrested Para for allegedly supporting Hizbul terrorists and providing them funds (Rs 10 lakhs) to buy weapons. The agency had said that Parra’s arrest was related to the case registered against suspended J&K police officer Davinder Singh, who was apprehended with a Hizbul militant Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu on January 11 last year.
The PDP youth leader, who recently won the District Development Council from his hometown in Pulwama in south Kashmir, was granted relief on a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh and a personal bond of the same amount, officials said.
The CIK personnel are now conducting raids at various locations across Kashmir to find “more proofs to verify his links with terrorists”.
( With inputs from agencies)