‘Fund squeeze’ has made it ‘difficult’ for resistance leaders to gather 25-50 people: Defence Minister

‘Fund squeeze’ has made it ‘difficult’ for resistance leaders to gather 25-50 people: Defence Minister
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Srinagar: India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that “demonetisation, crackdown by National Investigation Agency have made it difficult” for resistance leadership of Jammu and Kashmir to “carry on their activities”.

“Post demonetisation and NIA crackdown on separatists’ foreign funding, they have been starved of funds.” he said according to news website, OneIndia.

While addressing a gathering, Jaitley said that when he and Sushma Swaraj were leaders of the opposition, “it was easier for them to bring cases of corruption before the nation as such cases emerged regularly and they had to collect only data”.

“Now, the fund squeeze is such that it is difficult for them (resistance leadership) to gather 25-50 people,” Jaitley added.

Commenting on the stone-pelting in Kashmir, Jaitley said that the “practice of funding” stone-pelters needs to be discouraged.

“Since we have arrested people who were funding stone pelters we can see a direct impact. Many a times, terrorists use stone pelting as an excuse to escape,” he said.
Meanwhile, on August 14, four Kashmiri resistance leaders, were sent to judicial custody by a Delhi court in a “terror funding case”.

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