NIA court sends Salahuddin’s son to judicial custody

Srinagar: The special court of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Wednesday sent son of United Jihad Council (UJC) supreme commander to judicial custody up to November 27.
Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, was arrested by the NIA on October 24 after being summoned to Delhi in alleged funding case.
“Shahid was produced before judge Poonam A Bamba at around 2:35 pm today,” sources said.
“The NIA did not seek extension of (police) remand,” NIA spokesperson, Alok Mittal, told the Kashmir Reader.
“Shahid was subsequently sent to judicial custody by the court,” sources said.
The judge directed NIA to lodge Shahid at Tihar jail, they added. “Shahid was taken to jail around 4:15 pm.”
42-year-old Shahid is third son of Salahuddin. He was grilled four times by the NIA sleuths in Srinagar before being summoned to Delhi where he was taken in custody.
Last week after his arrest, the NIA sleuths along with JK policemen raided his residence at Soibugh village in Budgam. They confiscated five mobile phones, a laptop and some documents from his house.
An employee of JK government, Shahid is married, has three children and lives with two other brothers in the two-storey house.
A day after his arrest, the NIA submitted before the judge at Patiala House Court Complex that they wanted Shahid in 2011 case (RC-06/2011/NLA/DLI).
The investigating agency accused Shahid of receiving money from an alleged Hizbul Mujahideen member, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, who lives in Saudi Arabia.
This is first case lodged by the agency in alleged funding from across the Line of Control (LoC) for “subversive activities” in Jammu and Kashmir.
In May, after raiding over 70 places from Srinagar to Delhi, the agency filed second such case allegedly involving Hurriyat Conference, Hizb, Syed Ali Geelani, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and Hafiz Saeed.
Ten persons including seven pro-freedom leaders, a businessman, a photo-journalist and a farmer have been arrested who are lodged in Tihar jail in the case.