Delhi court grants request for interrogation of leaders accused of funding terror activities in Kashmir
Srinagar: A Delhi court on Tuesday granted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) 10 days of custody of seven Hurriyat leaders who were arrested by the agency on Monday. The court accepted the NIA’s request for custody so that the arrested leaders could be interrogated and confronted with each other and with the incriminating evidence related to “terror funding” that the NIA claims to have recovered against them.
NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Kashmir Reader that the seven arrested leaders were produced today before the special NIA judge at Patiala House court in New Delhi. “All the seven accused have been remanded to police custody for ten days till August 4,” said Mittal.
District Judge Poonam A Bamba passed the remand order while partly allowing the National Investigation Agency’s plea which had sought the custody of the accused for 18 days.
The arrested leaders are Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Altaf Ahmed Shah ‘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.
Farooq Ahmad Dar was arrested from Delhi and the other six were arrested in Srinagar on Monday.
Dar was called to Delhi for questioning, where he was arrested.
The NIA submitted before the court that the accused also have to be taken to various places for the purpose of investigation.
Advocate Rajat Kumar, appearing for the accused, opposed the agency’ plea saying that the NIA has already been probing the case for a month.
Altaf Shah, the son-in-law of Syed Ali Geelani, was in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him under preventive detention immediately after the festival of Eid earlier this month.
Geelani’s close aides Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the NIA from Srinagar.
Shahid-ul-Islam is the spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Milat.
Mittal said the seven separatist leaders 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 Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders including the members/cadres of the Hurriyat Conference for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and militant activities in the Valley.
He said the activities funded by them include stone-pelting on security forces, burning of schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.
The NIA spokesperson said that during the investigation it recovered incriminating material including documents, electronic devices, cash and other valuables worth crores from the searches and raids conducted on suspected persons in Srinagar, Jammu, Haryana and Delhi locations.
-With PTI inputs