Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Para was on Friday remanded to 15-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody, PTI reported, citing officials.
Para was taken to Jammu and produced before a designated NIA court, officials said.
He was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday after two days of questioning in the suspended J&K Police DSP Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Naveed Babu case.
He was questioned on Monday and Tuesday before being placed under arrest as he was not cooperating, the officials said.
He was arrested for allegedly seeking help from Hizbul Mujahideen in seeking their support in the 2019 Parliamentary elections.
After his arrest on Wednesday, the NIA produced Para in a Delhi court on Thursday and sought a transit remand for his production before a designated court in Jammu, the officials said.
His name had surfaced during the probe against DSP Singh who was caught with Hizbul Mujahideen commander Naveed Babu and two others when their vehicle was intercepted by Jammu and Kashmir Police near Qazigund on the national highway.
The four reportedly set out for Jammu on January 11 morning and planned to go to New Delhi from there.
Singh was posted as the deputy superintendent of police at the Srinagar airport. He had allegedly escorted the militants from Shopian in South Kashmir to his home and allowed them to stay overnight.
On January 17/18 this year, the NIA said it has registered a case against Singh and his accomplices under the UAPA. In July, the NIA filed a chargesheet against Singh under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Para, who recently filed his nomination for the District Development Council (DDC) elections from Pulwama, was arrested for his alleged “close links” with Irfan Shafi Mir, arrested along with Naveed Babu and DSP Davinder Singh.
According to officials, during the investigation into Singh’s association with Hizbul Mujahideen militants, the NIA came across the phone records of Mir which showed that he was in close touch with Para.
Mir had claimed during questioning that Para had sought his support during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections for their party candidate Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and also the president of PDP, the officials said.
Mir was acting as a frontman for Naveed Babu and indulging in political support against monetary and other gains, the officials said.
Mir, who has emerged as a “double agent”, was arrested along with Singh and Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu and accomplice Rafi Ahmad Rather, they said.
The agency filed the charge sheet under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code against Mir, Singh, Naveed, his brother Syed Irfan Ahmad, Rather and businessman Tanveer Ahmad Wani, former president of the Line of Control Traders Association.