Has boasted of killing at least 30 Kashmiri Pandits
In the last one decade ever since Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate also known as Butcher of Kashmiri Pandits was released from jail he has been enjoying his freedom and amassing wealth through ‘hawala’ racket in the name of fuelling unrest in Kashmir valley.
He came on the radar of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) soon after he was caught on tape admitting how he along with several other prominent separatists was receiving huge doles of money from Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) operatives to spread unrest in Kashmir Valley and spearhead ‘Azadi’ movement.
Bitta Karate was among the first crop of Kashmiri terrorists who after joining the ranks of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had crossed the line of control to undertake training in the terror training camps across Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).
He was involved in the killing of over 30 Kashmiri Pandits and he had admitted his sin on camera how he received orders from top commanders to eliminate prominent Kashmiri Pandits at the peak of militancy in 1990 which forced their exodus from the valley.
Bitta Karate had earned this acronym since he was a trained karate player before joining the ranks of militancy.
After spending 16 long years in jail he was released on bail on October 23, 2006, by the TADA court.
State Government was soft towards him, treated him with kid gloves
From the very beginning, the state government of Jammu and Kashmir had a soft corner towards Farooq Ahmad Dar. Despite remaining behind bars for sixteen (16) long years the state government failed to gather enough evidence against him to punish him for the heinous crimes he had committed against the minority Hindu community in Kashmir valley.
Ironically, the state govt agencies rubbed salt on the wounds of the Kashmiri Pandits by ensuring his release for want of evidence.
Recently, when a private news channel exposed his murky financial dealings the state government once again demonstrated a soft approach towards him.
While Bitta Karate was fuelling anger and channelizing ‘Azadi’ movement by organizing street protests against the Indian army the state government went ahead and appointed his wife as a liaison officer with GST ministerial teams in Srinagar.
A government order from Jammu and Kashmir’s General administration department exposed the double speak on how a separatist’s wife is functioning as government’s liaison officer for an event that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is incidentally also the in-charge Defence Minister, unveiled.
The order copy dated May 15, 2017, clearly showed the PDP-BJP government appointed 63 liaison officers in connection with the meeting of the Goods and Services Taxes (GST) Council.
The meeting was held at SKICC, Srinagar on May 18 and 19.
Assabah A Khan, the wife of Bitta Karate, currently posted as Assistant Director (Administration), Directorate of Social Welfare, Kashmir figured against Serial no 51.
Currently, Bitta Karate is being interrogated by the NIA for getting funds from Pakistan to fan unrest in Kashmir. He was arrested along with six other separatists in July 2017 after preliminary rounds of interrogation in New Delhi.
During the course of investigation, the NIA had unearthed details of properties owned by him in Kashmir valley. Details of some properties are listed in the dossier prepared by the NIA while rest of the murky financial transactions and ‘hawala’ transactions are being thoroughly probed by the NIA.
Details of properties
- A four storied house on 4.5 marlas of land in Gurubazar area of Srinagar worth 67 lakhs
- A two storied building on a piece of 1 Kanal with fencing in the name of Asasbah Anjum Khan in Naseem Bagh area of Hazratbal
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