Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez arrested by NIA

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday evening arrested prominent human rights activist Khurram Parvez after raiding his residence and office in Srinagar earlier in the day.

Family sources told The Kashmir Walla that the NIA officials carried out searches at the residence of Parvez at Sonwar area and office at Amira Kadal before taking him along for questioning to the NIA office at Church Lane in Dalgate.

 The probing agency was assisted by the local police and paramilitary personnel.

“At around 12 pm, the NIA team visited the house and office and confiscated Khurram’s phone, laptop and other material,” the family source said.

Sources said after completing the search operation, Parvez was called for questioning at the NIA office in the afternoon.

“At around 6 pm, the family received the call to bring his [Khurram’s] clothes. So, his wife along with her son visited the place and handed over the clothes to the officials there,” they said.

Official sources said that the family has been handed over the arrest memo under the case number 30/2021 of Parvez and is likely to be flown to New Delhi on Tuesday.

Officials said that Parvez has been arrested in a case that was already registered at NIA.

In October 2020, NIA conducted the raids at several locations in the valley including Parvez’s residence and office.

In 2016, Parvez was slapped with the Public Safety Act (PSA). His arrest had come a day after he was barred from travelling to Switzerland to participate in a session of the UN Human Rights Council. He was released after 76 days of  prison.

Parvez is the chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) and the programme coordinator of JKCCS. He had lost his leg in a landmine while monitoring the 2004 Parliamentary elections.

The NIA has not, however, issued any official statement on his arrest.

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