JeM’s Aashiq Nengroo designated as a terrorist
The Central Government on Monday declared Kashmiri JeM operative and accused in the February 2019 Pulwama attack Ashiq Ahmed Nengroo as a “designated terrorist” under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Nengroo is one of the Commanders of the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad which is banned under UAPA.
Designation as a terrorist helps the government freeze finances and crackdown on networks created by the individual terrorist.
Nengroo alias Ashaq Hussain Nengroo alias Ashaq Moulvi hails from Hajan Bala Rajpora, Pulwama, was originally a truck driver. Using his networking with separatists and anti-India trouble-makers to help the Indian intelligence agencies, Nengroo became a police informer but soon changed course and started working for Hizbul Mujahideen.
Nengroo purchased a fleet of trucks to smuggle weapons and transport infiltrators from PoK and Pakistan to Kashmir, including via Punjab, for terror acts. Nengroo had been involved in the cases related to the killing of one police personnel in Pulwama in 2013; the killing of one civilian in 2020 and terror funding and illegal supply of weapons to terrorists.
A gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “It is imperative, in view of the danger which the said Ashiq Nengroo poses to the security of India, and in order to deter him from perpetrating terrorism not limited to India, that he shall be designated as a terrorist under the provisions of the said Act.”
In its charge sheet in the Pulwama attack case, NIA had said that after infiltration, Umer Farooq — key Pakistani planner and attacker in the case — and his associates were received by Pulwama resident Ashaq Ahmed Nengroo who was waiting for them near the river Bein in Jammu. He then transported them to Kashmir in his truck.
“Nengroo has been involved in the infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir, who have been responsible for inflicting various terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir …after running a terror syndicate in Kashmir, the said Ashiq Ahmed Nengroo is now engaged in a perilous campaign to orchestrate terror in Jammu and Kashmir, remote-controlled from Pakistan,” the notification said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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