NIA arrests freelance journalist Irfan Mehraj in Srinagar
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said it arrested a Kashmir based journalist Irfan Mehraj in a case related to NGO militancy funding case.
In a statement, a spokesperson said following comprehensive investigations into the NGO militancy funding case registered in October 2020, NIA arrested Irfan Mehraj from Srinagar yesterday.
The statement reads Mehraj was a close associate of Khurram Parvez and was working with his organization, Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS).
“Investigation revealed that JKCCS was funding militant activities in the valley and had also been in propagation of secessionist agenda in the Valley under the garb of protection of human rights,” it reads.
It added involvement of “some Valley based NGOs, Trusts and Societies in funding of militancy related activities is being probed in this case”.
The NIA also mentioned that it is the first arrest in NGO militancy funding case.
“Some NGOs, both registered as well as un-registered, have come to notice collecting funds domestically and abroad under the cover of doing charity and various welfare activities, including Public Health, Education etc. But some of these organisations have developed links with LeT, HM etc,” it reads. (KNO)