NIA arrests 7 separatists for terror-funding

Wednesday, 26 Jul, 2017

Karate was arrested from Delhi and the other six were held in Srinagar.

The NIA also seized property-related documents, pen drives, laptops, mobile phones, phone diaries, receipts and vouchers from the residences showing hawala payments.

Tuesday told a Delhi court that it has "firm evidence" that seven Hurriyat separatists arrested on Monday "used money got from Pakistan through hawala to pay people to burn schools and throw stones" during protests in the Kashmir Valley since previous year, thus "fuelling" unrest.

"Let every Kashmiri read the true face of Dr Abdullah who is now asking NIA to find where the Hurriyat has managed even a single penny".

The arrested persons include Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Fantosh, Naeem Khan, Bitta Karate, Ayaz Akbar, T Saifullah, Meraz Kalwal and Saheed Ul Islam. The money, funneled through Pakistan, was used to fund attacks on schools and stone pelting, the agency alleged.

An NIA official told The Hindu that many properties were purchased by separatists when majority remained under "house arrest" and such acquisitions were under "cloud of suspicion".

The case dates back to last August following street protests that rocked the Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the NIA was asked to initiated a preliminary enquiry to probe the supposed funds stoking unrest in the Valley. The most prominent of those arersted is Naeen Khan who purportedly set the stage for NIA probe after he allegedly confessed during a TV sting operation that he receieved money from Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba to "create chaos" in Kashmir.

Separatist leaders had termed the arrests illegal, and called for a shutdown on Tuesday, reported the Greater Kashmir.

The NIA also arrested Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

The arrests, however, were made only after the questioning of the separatist leaders and when the agency had gathered "conclusive evidence about their involvement in the case", NIA officials said.