Colleagues say salary not released yet, Naseem wants money for travel to and lodging in Delhi
Riyaz ul Khaliq
Srinagar: The younger son of Syed Ali Geelani, Naseem Geelani, has “not been able” to present himself before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Naseem, who teaches at SK University of Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST) in Kashmir, was summoned by the NIA for questions on alleged funding by Pakistan for “subversive activities in Kashmir”.
Sources in the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference said that the NIA had issued summons to Naseem that were sent to the Hyderpora residence-cum-office of Syed Ali Geelani.
Naseem lives separately in Rawalpora area of Srinagar. He is not a member of any resistance group.
According to Naseem’s colleagues at SKUAST’s forestry department, he attended office today at Benihama in Ganderbal district.
“He was in the department till afternoon, after which he went to the Vice Chancellor’s secretariat,” a colleague of Naseem told Kashmir Reader.
“How was it possible for Naseem to manage money for travel to New Delhi overnight,” said Dr GM Bhat, secretary-general of the Faculty of Forestry Welfare Forum at SKUAST-K.
Naseem has been teaching in the department for the past fourteen years. He is currently assistant professor-cum-scientist.
“We have no objection if Naseem is summoned for questioning (by) anybody,” Dr Bhat said. “But this is humiliation (and) as far as the faculty knows, Naseem is not involved in any anti-national activity.”
Naseem has also worked as secretary-general of SKUAST-K Scientists Teachers Association for two years in the past.
“He is attending his duties honestly and sincerely,” Dr Bhat said. “We have not received (our) pay yet. How would he arrange his travel to Delhi overnight as he received the (NIA) notice only Tuesday night.”
Dr Bhat said that the Forestry Welfare Forum believes that the “only fault of Naseem is that he is son of Syed Ali Geelani.”
“Naseem has written a mail to NIA officials seeking money for his travel and accommodation to New Delhi,” he said. “Naseem told us (faculty) that he has written to NIA that his bank account has only Rs 500 in credits (because the salary has not yet been released).”
Dr Bhat appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to the J&K Chief Minister to intervene in the case. Further, he said, the summons to Naseem should have come through the Vice Chancellor.
Attempts to contact Prof Naseem did not materialise by the time this report was filed.
Naseem is third relative of Syed Ali Geelani who has been summoned by the NIA in its investigation into “terror funding” from Pakistan to Kashmir.
Senior office-bearer of the Geelani-led Hurriyat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, who is also the son-in-law of Geelani, has been arrested by the NIA.
The NIA has also summoned the elder son of Geelani, Dr Nayeem, in the case. However, Dr Nayeem has since been admitted to SKIMS Soura for a heart ailment.