New Delhi: A Delhi court handed over today Aasiya Andrabi and two other Kashmiri separatists to the National Investigating Agency (NIA) for 10 days’ custodial interrogation in connection with a case of allegedly waging war against the country.
Amid tight security, the trio, who were brought here from Srinagar, were produced before District and Sessions Judge Poonam Bamba.
During the in-camera proceedings, the judge allowed the plea of the NIA that Andrabi, who is chief of the banned outfit Dukhtaran-e-Milat, and others were required to be quizzed as investigation has revealed that by their activities in cyber space they “are running a concerted campaign to solicit support” from terrorist entities from Pakistan.
The NIA had sought the custody of Andrabi and her two associates — Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen– for 15 days.
The lawyers, who were associated with the case, were allowed inside the court room and they briefed the waiting media about the court proceedings.
The case was registered against the three women in April this year.
Seeking their custody, the NIA said, “The present investigation has so far revealed that the accused persons are found involved in the conspiracy and acts to severely destabilize the sovereignty and integrity of India.
“By their activities on cyber space they are running a concerted campaign to solicit support of Pakistani establishment which inter-alia includes arranging support from terrorist entities from Pakistan.
“Their involvement needs further investigation and for this purpose the interrogation of accused persons has become a necessity.”
According to the FIR, the “central government has received information that Aasiya Andrabi and her associates namely Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen are actively running a terrorist organization named as ‘Dukhtaran-E-Millat’ (DEM) which is proscribed under the First Schedule to the UAPA”.
“They are using various media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches that endanger the integrity, security and sovereignty of India. DEM through Aasiya Andrabi openly advocates secession of Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India and has also called for Jihad and use of violence against India,” the FIR alleged.
She was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police in Anantnag in April this year for allegedly planning to organise a large-scale demonstration and stone-pelting in the area. She was not released despite being granted bail by the court and was arrested in a different case.
The high court had cancelled the bail of Andrabi and others in the case after police submitted its case diaries and an investigation was carried out.