The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which arrested Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez on Monday, said he was in contact with ground workers for a Pakistan-based terrorist organization.
“Parvez has been in contact with ground workers for a banned terrorist organization in Pakistan,” an NIA spokesman said. Sources said he would be transported to Delhi in transit.
Parvez was arrested in Srinagar in connection with a case under various articles of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA), including the financing of terrorism. Sources said that in Kashmir, two locations were searched in connection with the case, in addition to raids in Himachal Pradesh.
The official said there are likely to be more raids in the next few days.
In the recent past, Kashmir has witnessed a series of arrests by the National Intelligence Agency, especially after a sharp increase in the killings of civilians by militant groups ahead of Interior Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the Valley last month. Sources said the agency has arrested 27 OGWs from various terrorist organizations in the Valley to date following the killings.
On Monday, the NIA ransacked Parveza’s residence and also ransacked the Jammu and Kashmir State Civil Society Coalition (JKCCS) office in Srinagar. Parvez is Program Coordinator for JKCCS, a federation of human rights groups and individuals working for J&K, founded in 2000 by human rights lawyer and activist Parvez Imroz.
Parvez was initially detained for interrogation, but in the evening he was formally arrested. The arrest memorandum states that he was arrested in FIR RC-30/2021 / NIA / DLI filed on November 6 under IPC Sections 120B (conspiracy), 121 (conducting, attempting, incitement to wage war against the government .) and 121A (conspiracy to commit offenses punishable by section 121); and sections 17 (fundraising for a terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy), 18B (recruiting any person or persons to commit a terrorist act) and 40 (fundraising for a terrorist organization) of the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act.
Sources said Parvez’s family was informed of his arrest in the evening and that he will probably be flown to New Delhi on Tuesday. The arrest memorandum states that his brother Sheikh Shaharyar was informed of his arrest.
Last October, the NIA raided the residence and office of Parvez in Srinagar, as well as the homes of several activists and journalists. Following protests following the assassination of militant commander Burkhan Wani in 2016, Parvez was blocked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) of the then Mehbuba Muftiunder the leadership of the government.