NIA files chargesheet against Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders, LeT, Hizb chiefs

New Delhi: The NIA Thursday filed a charge sheet against 12 people, including Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafeez Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin, in a case related to alleged funding of terror and secessionist activities in the Kashmir Valley.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed the 1,279- page charge sheet before a designated court New Delhi and sought permission to continue its probe.
The judicial custody of 10 people arrested in connection with the case ended today.
Under the anti-terror law — the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act — the prosecuting agency has to file a charge sheet within 6 months, failing which the accused is eligible for bail.
NIA officials said they gathered substantial material and technical evidence during the probe.
They said 60 locations were raided and 950 incriminating documents seized. There are 300 witnesses in the case.
The NIA had arrested Altaf Ahmad Shah, son-in-law of Syed Ali Geelani; spokesperson of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference Shahid- ul-Islam; spokesperson of the Geelani-led faction of Hurriyat Ayaz Akbar and Nayeem Khan, Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah and Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal.
Noted businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali was also arrested by the NIA in connection with the case, which was registered in May last year.
Former JKLF militant Bitta Karate, photo journalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat have also been named in the charge sheet.
The NIA accused Saeed and Salahuddin of fomenting trouble and sending funds to the valley through non-banking channels, they said.
The FIR named Saeed as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat.
The NIA also recorded confessional statements on the flow of money, especially from Pakistan, from four people accused in a case related to the funding of “terror activities” in Kashmir.
The statements given before a judicial magistrate had tightened the case against the pro-freedom leaders who allegedly funded stone-pelters and spread unrest in Kashmir, the officials said. PTI