The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday took custody of a Pakistani militant who was arrested by forces in Handwara, in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district recently.
According to sources, NIA wanted the custody of foreign militant for questioning to investigate “militancy related activities” in Kashmir Valley. They said NIA sleuths arrived in Handwara and took custody of a 19-year-old militant identified as Aamir, who is believed to be hailing from Karachi Pakistan, from police for further investigation.
Three days before the arrest three foreign LeT militants were killed in an encounter with joint forces after receiving inputs about their presence in the area. Sources said arms and ammunition were also recovered from Aamir’s possession following his arrest at Handwara. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation was also started.
Talking to Rising Kashmir Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police north Kashmir range, Virdhi Kumar Birdhi, confirmed that the militant case was taken over by NIA. “Yes, NIA has registered case and has taken militant’s custody,” DIG Birdhi said. On whether both the investigations by state police and NIA would continue simultaneously, DIG said “generally a case ‘take over’ is done when a central agency seeks the case.’’
“Generally, the legal position is that a case registered by central agency becomes prominent under which case ‘take over’ is done. Obviously, FIR was registered by police but under NIA schedules the agency can take over the case,” Birdhi said. Earlier, NIA had taken the custody of a LeT militant Bahadur Ali alias Saifiullah Mansoor of Lahore Pakistan who was arrested in Handwara area in July 2016.
In August 2015 NIA had taken custody of Pakistani militant, Naveed Yakub, in connection with the militant attack on Border Security Convoy in Sarmoli on August 5 in 2015.