Image source, Twitter / Khurram Parvez Image caption, Human rights groups have expressed outrage at the to the arrest of Khurram Parvez
The agency hasIndian terrorist arrested a prominent Kashmiri human rights activist under a draconian anti-terrorism law that makes it almost impossible to get bail.
Khurram Parvez has been charged of "terrorist financing " and "conspiracy ".
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested him after searches of his home and office in India-administered Kashmir. Mr Parvez has yet to comment.
But the arrest sparked global outrage amid calls for his release.
Activists and Others on social media called the arrest an attempt to "silence and punish human rights defenders ".
Mr. Parvez has long been a vocal critic of the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) - led government party. Its Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a Kashmir-based group, has issued several scathing reports on human rights violations andthe excesses committed by the security forces in the valley.
He is also president of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (Afad), an international rights organization that addresses enforced disappearances in Kashmir and elsewhere in Asia.
In 2016, Indian authorities arrested Mr. Parvez a day after he was banned from traveling to Switzerland to attend the 33rd session of the United Nations on Human Rights Council, and the had charged under the controversial Public Security Act (PSA), which allows detention without inculpation up to two years.
He was released after 76 days in prison following increased pressure from international rights groups.
On Monday, NIA investigators raided his home and office of JKCCS in Srinagar, Kashmir the main city of. He was first taken for questioning and was arrested later that evening.
Police charged him under
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, said she was disturbed to learn of the arrest of Mr Parvez. "He's not a terrorist, he's a human rights defender," she wrote on Twitter. TheHfrance.fr is not responsible for the content of external sites. See original twee t on Twitter
The arrest also comes at a time when tension is mounting in Kashmir Valley after the recent deaths of two civilians.
Police said the men were killed in crossfire when security forces attacked suspected militants in Srinagar. But the families of the civilians have denied the police version of events, saying they were deliberately killed by Indian troops while being used as a human shield.
The deaths sparked days protests in the region, which has seen an insurgency against Indian rule since 1989.
India and Pakistan claim the territory in its entirety but only control parts of the region. Neighbors with anuclear rms have waged war twice.
For years India has accused Pakistan of pushing thousands of militants across the to instigate instability in Kashmir under Indian administration. Islamabad denies the accusation.
You may also be interested in:
This video cannot be played