Asiya Andrabi, chief of the Kashmiri women’s separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), a separatist organisation formed in 1987 and described by the home ministry as a proscribed outfit, and two of her associates were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday for allegedly advocating the secession of Jammu and Kashmir and the use of violence against India.
A Delhi court has granted 10-day custody of Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi and two others to National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case of allegedly waging a war against the country.
Sending a tough message to the separatists, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday booked Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi and two other in sedition and other stringent sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
“The allegations against the accused persons are that they have been using various media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches that advocate use of violence against India and secession of Jammu & Kashmir from the Union of India.
She is also the wife of Hizbul Mujahideen commander-turned-Hurriyat leader Qasim Faktoo, who has been in jail since 1993.
The NIA earlier took custody of Andrabi, and two others in connection with a case registered in April this year for allegedly waging war against the country and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
A senior J&K police officer said that Andrabi’s organization is also believed to provide a “support structure” and financial aid to young men accused of and arrested for stone-pelting. “Providing employment opportunities, and rallying support for stone pelters is among the activities the organization undertakes,” the officer said on condition of anonymity
Meanwhile, hours after Andrabi was shifted to Delhi, Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists called for Kashmir bandh on Saturday to protest the NIA action.