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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NIA Takes Suspected Hizbul Mujaheedin Associate into Custody

Malda, October 15, 2012: Badal Sheikh, who was arrested on 13 October night from Manoharpur village under Baishnabnagar police station in a joint operation by National Investigation Agency (NIA), Border Security Force (BSF) and police from Baishnabnagar police station was taken into custody by NIA today.

Badal was arrested on the charge of supplying counterfeited currencies to militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Today he was produced in courts and judicial magistrate Keya Sarkar allwed the NIA to take Badal in their custody.

It has been learnt from sources that Badal would be taken to Jammu as it is also being suspected that he used to supply arm to the militant outfit. However, concerned officials were tightlipped in this regard.

As Badal was to be produced in court today, the BSF and NIA personnel occupied the areas around the court premises since 7 am in the morning. Intelligence personnel were deployed also in civil uniform. Enthusiastic people gathered to take a glimpse of Badal since morning though there were prevented from nearing the court premises.

Badal was produced in court around 11 am amidst tight security. Around 2.30 pm with the permission of the court NIA left the court premises with Badal in their custody. It has been learnt from from a senior NIA official that Badal would be taken first to Purnea in Bihar and from there he would be taken to Jammu by helicopter.

Accused Badal Sheikh being taken to court (photo: Joy Roy)

From NIA sources it was learnt that an FIR (No. 07/2011 dated 11/01/2011) was registered in PS Janipur Jammu in January last year. Later, Government of India transferred the case to NIA for further investigation. Accordingly, the instant case was re-registered at PS NIA (as Case No.RC-07/2011/NIA-DLI dated 19/05/2011). The allegation was that of criminal conspiracy to circulate counterfeit Indian currency notes to fund terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen operating in Jammu and Kashmir. Later the charge sheet had been filed by NIA in July 2011 against four accused persons under section 120(B) of IPC, 489(C) of RPC and 13 & 40 UA(P) Act. Further investigation is continuing u/s 173 (8) Cr.PC.  

It may be recalled that back in July, 2011, one Mohammed Salim Sheikh of Kaliachak, one of the accused in connection with this case was arrested by Malda police. He was later taken to Jammu by a team of NIA. Interrogating him the name of Badal Sheikh came to NIA and since then they were looking for him.

Debanjan Dutta, advocate of Badal Sheikh, said a case of circulating fake currency was filed against Badal. However, he did not like to comment if there were any other case against him too.

Badal’s wife Sahana Bibi, however, alleged that her husband was innocent and he was wrongly accused. “He can’t even operate a mobile phone. Police brutally arrested him on false charges,” she claimed while she came to see Badal today with their son Ilias, a student of class V.

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