NIA arrests J&Ok rights activist Khurram Parvez

THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested human rights activist Khurram Parvez in Srinagar in reference to a case filed beneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), together with terror funding.

Earlier within the day, the NIA raided Parvez’s residence and likewise carried out searches on the workplace of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) in Srinagar. Parvez is the programme coordinator of the JKCCS, a federation of human rights teams and people working in J&Ok based in 2000 by human rights lawyer and activist Parvez Imroz.

While Parvez was initially detained for questioning, the NIA formally arrested him within the night. The arrest memo says he was arrested within the case, FIR RC-30/2021/NIA/DLI filed on November 6, beneath IPC Sections 120B (prison conspiracy), 121 (waging, trying to wage, abetting waging of warfare in opposition to the federal government), and 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by Section 121); and Sections 17 (elevating funds for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy), 18B (recruiting of any individual or individuals for terrorist act) and 40 (elevating funds for a terrorist organisation) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Sources mentioned Parvez’s household was knowledgeable about his arrest within the night, and he’s more likely to be taken to New Delhi on Tuesday. The arrest memo says his brother, Sheikh Shaharyar, was knowledgeable about his arrest.

In October final 12 months, the NIA had raided Parvez’s residence and workplace in Srinagar, together with the residences of a number of activists and journalists. Following the protests after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in 2016, Parvez was booked beneath the Public Safety Act (PSA) by the then Mehbooba Mufti-led authorities.