Accused to be presented in New Delhi court today
Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested seven pro-freedom leaders on charges of “terror funding”. NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Kashmir Reader that the accused were arrested in Delhi and Srinagar and they will be produced before the special judge of NIA at Patiala House in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The arrested leaders are Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Altaf Ahmed Shah (Altaf Fantoosh, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah also known as Shahid ul Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, and Farooq Ahmed Dar also known as Bitta Karate.
“NIA arrested Farooq Ahmad Dar from Delhi and other six were arrested in Srinagar,” Mittal said.
Dar was called to Delhi for questioning, where he was arrested, Mittal said.
Mittal said all the six arrested in Srinagar would be flown to Delhi to produce them before the special judge.
He said all the seven have been arrested in connection with the NIA case No. RC 10/2017/NIA/DLI (J&K terror funding case) under Sections 120B, 121, 121A of IPC and Sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
“The case was registered on May 30, 2017, against the separatist and secessionist leaders including the members/cadres of the Hurriyat Conference who have been involved with the active militants of banned organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba and other associations and gangs for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala for funding separatist and militant activities in the Valley,” said Mittal.
He said the activities including stone-pelting on the security forces, burning of schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.