KARNATAKA

ISI wants to link up with naxals, State tells court

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan wants to “fuel and fund” the naxal movement in India and has hired the services of Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Shakeel to carry out these plans.

This startling aspect was brought to the notice of the Karnataka High Court on Monday when it was hearing a bail petition of Sreedhar Pasha, one of the accused in a case relating to waging war against India and for possession of arms.

Pasha had moved the High Court after a lower court rejected his bail plea. He had termed as false the allegations against him that he is a terrorist and that he had conspired with Dawood, Chota Shakeel and others to foment unrest and indulge in terrorist acts.

Opposing bail, Additional State Public Prosecutor, P.M. Nawaz, said Pasha is one of the accused in a case registered in Cottonpet police.

Mr. Nawaz said he had filed a statement of objections detailing the modus operandi of ISI and Dawood.

He said both Dawood and Chota Shakeel are believed to be presently in Dubai and they had recruited and got in touch with several persons in India to establish a link with the naxals.

He said another accused Altaf had got in touch with Vinay Kumar and broached the plan of linking the ISI with naxals. Altaf, he said, had also sent to Vinay Rs. 25 lakh as first instalment of the payment for the plan. Vinay had demanded Rs. 2 crore for being a link between the ISI and the naxals.

The State urged the court to reject the bail plea, saying that Pasha is part of a conspiracy to destabilise India. Justice V. Jagannathan rejected the bail petition.

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