NIA likely to conduct lie detection test on Hurriyat leaders

Days after the seven separatist leaders were sent to 10 days NIA-custody by a special court for interrogation, the investigating agency is mulling to conduct a lie detection test on arrested Hurriyat leaders to examine their alleged involvement in receiving funds.

According to media reports, the polygraph, or lie detector test, will be conducted with the permission of a court.

Officials said that the test would be conducted to examine their involvement in receiving the funds.

Pertinently, seven separatist leaders including Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal were arrested by NIA on Wednesday.

Reports said that they have summoned 30 more people, including close associates of Hurriyat leaders, stone pelters, middlemen and instigators, for questioning in probe that aims to establish the terror funding nexus with Pakistan.

To probe the hawala link, NIA said it would also look at possible links with Dubai.

The agency suspects goods smuggling as one of the means of fund transfer. “All links are subject to further investigation,” said the officer.

The investigators had also called in businessman Zahoor Watali for questioning in the flow of funds. Watali joined the investigation on Thursday. NIA had raided Watali’s properties in June as well.

Meanwhile, NIA on Thursday issued summons to senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s elder son Nayeem Geelani. According to the media reports, Nayeem Geelani has been asked by NIA to appear before it for questioning on Monday in connection with its probe in the terror funding case in the Kashmir Valley.

Geelani’s elder son, a surgeon by profession had returned from Pakistan in 2010 after spending 11 years there.

Reports quoting the officials as saying that summon has been issued to Nayeem, asking him to appear before the NIA on July 31 in connection with the case of terror funding in the Valley.

Pertinently, Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh and his close aide, Ayaz Akbar along with scores of other leaders have already been arrested by the NIA and are being interrogated in the same case at New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Nayeem Geelani while taking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that no summon has been issued to him so far in this regard. “I just came to know about it through TV channels,” he said and dropped the phone.

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