New Delhi, October 4: Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Centre on Tuesday classified Hizb-ul-Mujahideen member Imtiyaz Ahmad Kandoo as a terrorist for "radicalising and motivating youths to join terrorist ranks to carry out terror activities in the Kashmir Valley."
Kandoo alias Sajad alias Fayaz Sopore is a resident of Kraltang of Jammu and Kashmirs 'Sopore. He is presently based in Pakistan.
Kandoo is also charged for his alleged involvement in "managing finances for the terrorists, supply of arms and ammunition to terrorists and narcotics smuggling".
The Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen member is also accused of "coordinating attacks on security forces and civilians, in which many security forces personnel and civilians were killed" in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking note of Kandoo's role, the Central government acted in accordance with the power conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday.
The notice states, "The Central government believes that Imtiyaz Ahmad Kandoo is involved in terrorism and he is to be notified as a terrorist under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967."
According to the order, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) was enacted to provide for more effective prevention of certain unlawful activities of individuals and groups as well as to deal with terrorist activities.
Furthermore, it was noted that Clause (a) of sub-section (1) of Section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 authorises the Central Government to notify the name of an individual in the Fourth Schedule to the Act if the Central Government believes he is involved in terrorism.
Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen is also designated as a terrorist organisation under the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967, according to the notification.