Bitta Karate, the butcher of Kashmiri Pandits, got Rs 70 cr to fuel Kashmir unrest

Written by Vicky Nanjappa February 3, 2018 08:53

New Delhi: Rs 200 crore was pumped into the Kashmir Valley between 2016 and 2017 to fuel the unrest and also aide terrorists. Out of this the Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief Hafiz Saeed alone funded Rs 12 crore.

What is most shocking is that out of this entire Rs 200 crore, Rs 70 crore alone was given to one of the most dangerous separatists in the Valley, Bitta Karate.

Karate whose real name is Farooq Ahmed Dar is the chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front and one of the main persons who carried out the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley in the 1990s.

Most of the money was invested in Karate as he was one of the most experienced and lethal men in the Valley. He had trained in Pakistan for 32 days in 1998 with a specific intention of causing unrest and also carrying out anti India activities in the Valley.

Post the death of Burhan Wani on July 8 2016, Bitta was back in action and had mobilised a large number of his cadres across the Valley. The National Investigation Agency in its chargesheet says that he was the preferred point of contact for the Hurriyat and Pakistan as he was able to bring a large cadre on the streets in a very short span of time.

Investigations have revealed that the unrest in the Valley was planned months before the death of Wani. However his death became the trigger point. During the planning, the Hurriyat and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba approached Bitta Karate.

During the meeting, he demanded money to unleash terror on the streets of Kashmir. He demanded that he be given Rs 70 crore and assured that he undertake a sustained campaign in the Valley as a result of which there would be major damage. He assured that he could fuel the unrest continuously for 6 months.

The NIA further details as to how the money came into the Valley through the unrest. Following the death of Wani, Saeed was one of the first donors. He sent in Rs 12 crore through a channel in Saudi Arabia. The chargesheet states that the funds had reached the Valley from Saudi Arabia/Dubai through hawala via Ballimaran and Chandni Chowk in Delhi. APHC(G) chief SAS Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq (APHC-M) and Yasin Malik of JKLF (Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front) received funds from Pakistan, and the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi played a major role in this regard.

The NIA has also detailed the role played by the Pakistan High Commission. It said that the commission is complicit in fuelling the unrest. It had organised functions in New Delhi inviting Hurriyat leaders and gave them directions on how to fuel the unrest.

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