New Delhi: Union Minister of State Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday said that the probe by National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders “is best for the nation”.
While speaking to ANI, Rijiju said, “The work they (NIA) are doing is important for the nation. They are doing it in the interest of the nation.”
He backed the NIA and said that the investigation is being done to ensure “national security”.
Last month, the NIA arrested seven Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders – Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate for allegedly funding terror in the Kashmir Valley.
A Delhi court on Friday sent three among them- Aftab Hilali Shah, Farooq Ahmed Dar and Mohammaed Akbar Khanday- to judicial custody till September 1.
The NIA custody of remaining separatist leaders was extended till 14 August.
The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Earlier, the NIA summoned Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s two son to Delhi for questioning.