Terrorist Ashiq Nengroo’s home in Pulwama’s New Colony, built on encroached government land, was demolised Saturday, ANI reported citing sources. Ashiq Ahmed Nengroo, reportedly a commander of the outlawed outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, was designated a ‘terrorist’ under India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) earlier this year.
Nengroo was the 36th person to be added to a list which features names such as JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Lashkar-E-Taiba patron and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
The MHA, in a gazette notification, said 35-year-old Nengroo, a resident of Kashmir’s Pulwama, has been responsible for the infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.
After running a terror syndicate in Kashmir, Nengroo is now engaged in a perilous campaign to orchestrate terror in the valley that is remote-controlled from Pakistan, the MHA notification states.
Nengroo has been held responsible for planning various terrorist incidents in Jammu & Kashmir.
Centre amended UAPA in 2019
In August 2019, the Centre amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, to include the provision of designating an individual a terrorist. Prior to this amendment, only organisations could be designated terrorist organisations.
Designating an individual a terrorist helps the government freeze the person’s finances and crackdown on networks created by them. (Republic)