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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 16:58 IST

23 terrorists operating from Pak declared proclaimed offenders of PoK

The J&K court have given all the terrorists a month to appear in connection with cases registered against them, failing which their properties will be attached.

Abhishek Tiwari
J&K court declares 23 terrorists operating from Pakistan as proclaimed offenders.
J&K court declares 23 terrorists operating from Pakistan as proclaimed offenders. | Image:PTI/ Representational
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In one of its kind steps, a J&K court on Monday declared as many as 23 terrorists based in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as proclaimed offenders (PO). These terrorists, who are said to be from Kishtwar district, have been given a month of time to appear before the court.

According to an official, a special court in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district declared all the terrorists as PO in various cases registered against them including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The court gave them a month to appear in connection with cases registered against them, failing which their properties will be attached.

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13 terrorists were declared PO in September

The latest decision by the court is being considered as a significant move against the terror outfits and people involved in terror activity.

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Earlier, 13 terrorists were declared proclaimed offenders by the court on September 16. Now, the total tally of PO in Kishtwar has gone up to 36.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kishtwar, Khalil Poswal, "In a significant move to address security challenges within the district, 23 terrorists from Kishtwar operating from Pakistan and PoK have been declared proclaimed offenders by the UAPA special court in Doda," reports news agency PTI.

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“This was made possible by the diligent efforts of Kishtwar police, which gathered crucial intelligence and registered FIRs against these terrorists before meticulously presenting all information before the court,” SSP Poswal said.

He added, "If they don't surrender before the law, their properties will be attached under Section 82 of the Criminal Procedure Code. At present, properties of 12 of them have already been identified by police.”

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Properties of 7 out of the 13 terrorists who were earlier declared proclaimed offenders in September have been identified and the process of attaching them has been initiated in the court, the police official said. 
 

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 16:54 IST

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