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NIA registers FIR against Aasiya Andrabi

The National Investigation Agency has registered a case against Dukhtaran-E-Millat (DEM) chief Aasiya Andrabi for allegedly using “various media platforms to spread insurrectionist imputations and hateful speeches that endanger the integrity, security and sovereignty of India”.

The women’s resistance group, however, called the case as a “move to muzzle genuine Kashmiri voices”.

Inspector general NIA Alok Mittal said investigation has been taken up after registering the case with NIA police station, Delhi.

The FIR reads: “The Central government has received information that one Aasiya Andrabi and her associates namely Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen are actively running a terrorist organisation named as Dukhtaran-E-Millat which is proscribed under the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. They are using various media platforms to spread insurrectionary imputations and hateful speeches that endanger the integrity, security and sovereignty of India.”

“The DEM through Aasiya Andrabi openly advocates secession of Jammu & Kashmir from the Union of India and has also called for jihad and use of violence against India,” the FIR reads.

The NIA has charged Aasiya and her associates with “written and spoken words that bring into hatred and contempt apart from exciting disaffection towards the Government of India”.

“DEM is promoting enmity, hatred and ill-will between different communities on the grounds of religion and is doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. Aasiya Andrabi has solicited help from proscribed militant organisations and along with her associates has entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against Government of India,” the FIR reads.

Aasiya’s bail was canceled by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court earlier this month as security agencies moved to tighten the noose around her outfit.

While Nahida is the general secretary, Sofi is in charge of media in the DEM.

In the third week of March, J&K police had registered an FIR against Aasiya for alleged unlawful acts carried out by her outfit.

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