NIA arrests seven separatist leaders in terror funding case

NIA arrests seven separatist leaders in terror funding case

In a major crackdown against terror funding in Kashmir Valley, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) today arrested seven Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar.

Those who have been arrested include Nayeem Khan, Bitta Karate, Altaf Funtoosh and Shahid-ul-Islam.

All the arrested would be brought to Delhi on Monday, an official said.

All the arrested including Nayeem Khan and son-in-law of Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani will be taken to Delhi for further investigation. Sources said that some leaders may be allowed to go while as some are being arrested.

According to Times Now, NIA has held several raids in the residences of Hurriyat leaders over the past few months.

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NIA sleuths had raided Shah's Srinagar house in June along with the premises of Shahid-ul-Islam and businessman Zahoor Watali, PTI had reported.

Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him in preventive detention immediately after the festival of Eid earlier this month. Besides being the son-in-law of Geelani, Shah is believed to wield considerable clout in the policies of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.

In a preliminary inquiry, the NIA had alleged that separatists received funding from Hafiz Sayeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir.

Kashmir was rocked by violent protests after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces on July 8, 2016. A show cause notice has been sent to the leader.

The arrest was made in the information that the violence going on in the Jammu and Kashmir was not spontaneous.