NIA arrests seven Kashmiri separatist leaders for alleged terror funding

24 July, New Delhi

National Investigation Agency, NIA Monday arrested seven people including Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley.

Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had put him in
preventive detention immediately after the festival of Eid earlier this month.

Officials engaged in the operation said, besides him, Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the NIA from the Valley.

They said, NIA also arrested Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq. The Officials said, the others arrested are Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’. The houses of those arrested had been raided by NIA sleuths last month.

Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Milat.

The NIA had recovered account books, 2 crore rupees in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including of the LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen, from the raids.

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