NIA summons Hurriyat (G) leader again

NIA summons Hurriyat (G) leader again

Srinagar: Now preparing its charge-sheet in the case of alleged “terror funding” to Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday summoned the Jammu leader of the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference to New Delhi for questioning, once again.

Advocate Devender Singh Behl, president of Jammu Kashmir Social Peace Party, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (G), was arrested by NIA sleuths from his Jammu residence in August in the alleged terror funding case.

“I was questioned for continuous 46 days at NIA’s Delhi headquarters till October 9,” Behl told Kashmir Reader over phone from Jammu. “Now the probe agency has once again summoned me for questioning on Monday.”

Behl said that he was earlier questioned for his association with Geelani’s Hurriyat Conference. “I told the NIA investigators that I am a political activist and that is my only association with the pro-freedom group,” he said.

The NIA on May 30 registered a case of alleged terror funding to Hurriyat Conference for “subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir”.

After raiding more than 70 places, mostly in Srinagar, NIA sleuths arrested seven Hurriyat Conference leaders, a top businessman, a photo-journalist and a farmer. All of them are in judicial custody in Delhi’s Tihar jail.

Sources said that the NIA has also summoned some other persons in the case on Tuesday.