NIA questions Nayeem, Shahid, Watali in alleged funding case

NIA questions Nayeem, Shahid, Watali in alleged funding case

Srinagar: Pro-freedom leaders Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam and a businessman from Kashmir are being questioned since last three days in New Delhi by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the alleged funding of alleged terror in the Valley, reports said on Sunday.
The NIA has been questioning Khan, Shahid and businessman Zahoor Watali for last three days about the alleged assets possessed by them, quoting official sources PTI reported.
The questioning of the three by the officers of the probe agency, has registered a case against pro-freedom organisations operating in the Valley.
According to PTI the NIA may also seek a production warrant from a special court against close aides of Geelani, including his son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh and his spokesman Ayaz Akbar.
Both were placed under preventive custody by the Jammu and Kashmir police on 27 June on account of law and order situation in the Valley.
This move according to PTI by the state police had raised many eyebrows as the three were taken into custody hours before they were scheduled to leave for Delhi to produce themselves before the NIA.
This is for the first time since the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the early 1990s that an Indian probe agency has carried out raids in connection with funding of pro-freedom leaders.
In 2002, the Income Tax department had conducted searches against some leaders including Syed Ali Geelani.

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