The Special Investigation Agency (SIA) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police has filed initial charges against nine people, including a separatist, in a case linked to the “selling” of MBBS seats in Pakistan to Kashmiri students and the using the money to support and finance terrorism, officials said Thursday.
The case was registered in July last year by the Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK), a division of the Police Criminal Investigation Department, after receiving information from reliable sources that several unscrupulous people, including some separatists, were holding hands with some educational consulting firms and “selling” Pakistan-based MBBS seats and seats in other professional courses in colleges and universities.
The CIK, now designated as the SIA, has filed suit in court against Mohammad Akbar Bhat aka Zaffar Akbar Bhat, the chairman of Salvation Movement, a voter of the hardline Hurriyat Conference.
Others mentioned in the chargesheet are Abdul Jabbar, Fatima Shah, Altaf Ahmad Bhat Qazi Yasir, Mohammad Abdullah Shah, Sabzar Ahmad Sheikh, Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Syed Khalid Geelani and Mohd Iqbal Mir of Mahaz Azadi Front.
Oral, documentary and technical evidence was collected during the investigation, and analysis revealed that MBBS and other professional degrees-related seats were preferentially given to those students who were close relatives or relatives of killed terrorists, they said.
Evidence also emerged showing that money had been poured into channels that eventually supported terrorism and separatism programs and projects, including the unrest following the 2016 assassination of Burhan Wani, the poster boy of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror group.
The money was also used in failed attempts to disrupt the peace following the withdrawal of the former state’s special status in August 2019.
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