The National Investigation Agency has detained senior separatist leader and National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, for questioning in connection with Hawala funding case.
According to NIA officials Khan was detained from Srinagar after a preliminary inquiry has been started by the investigating agency against him. He was held by a team of NIA sleuths who are in Valley to probe alleged Hawala funding to resistance leaders from Pakistan.
Khan was purportedly shown ‘admitting’ to receiving funds from Pakistan in a sting operation conducting by a New-Delhi based channel. However he rejected the sting operation and said it is being shown in “ bits and pieces.”
In the wake of row, the membership of Nayeem Khan’s National Front, which was constituent of Hurriyat (G), was suspended temporarily by amalgam’s chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Geelani had said that till the matter is not clarified, National Front will remain suspended from Hurriyat. Two other separatist leaders including separatist leader, Bita Karatay have bee questioned in the case.
Farookh Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate was questioned in Srinagar regarding the hawala funding issue. The questioning of Nayeem Khan and Ghazi Javed Baba is still going on,” said NIA spokesman. He added that the accused have also been asked to produce certain documents for examination. The NIA has raided the house of National Front’s chairman Nayeem Khan. It is verifying contents of a sting operation carried out by a TV channel in which the separatists were seen talking about receiving money from Pakistan for funding violent activities including torching of schools and stone pelting.
“The hotel in Srinagar in which the sting operation took place, has been identified. The NIA team is completing formalities of identification of room and collection of records,” said the spokesman. He said the agency is probing all angles of the funding of separatist leaders.
Earlier on Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir National Front and its chairman Nayeem Khan were from the Hurriyat Conference by the Geelani faction.
However, Nayeem Khan denied the allegations of receiving funds from Pakistan, claiming the sting operation was “fake and doctored”. Investigators have also collected the copies of the FIRs of about 150 cases and analysing these FIRs registered in the Valley in the recent past regarding damage caused to the schools and public property as part of the larger conspiracy to perpetuate violence and chaos in Kashmir.