Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday conducted raids at the residences of incarcerated Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders Altaf Ahmad Shah (Fantoosh) and Ayaz Akbar. The duo is undergoing detention in a terror funding case at Tihar Jail in New Delhi for more than a year now.
GA Gulzar, spokesperson of Hurriyat (G), said that the residences of the duo were raided Wednesday morning when no male member of the families was present.
Ayaz Akbar is a resident of Maloora HMT while Altaf Shah is a resident of Bemina in Srinagar.
Family members of Shah informed Kashmir Reader that the residence was raided when the daughter-in-law of Shah was alone in the house. “She was subjected to questioning,” they said.
The family members said that the ED sleuths questioned Shah’s daughter-in-law about property details and about his family. They termed the ED raid as harassment and said that Shah has been in Tihar Jail without any charges proven against him.
“His health is also deteriorating as he has been denied medical attention for the past one month,” they said.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said that the family of Akbar was also subjected to questioning by the ED sleuths.
Shah is the son-in-law of octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani.
The duo was on June 3, 2017, called for questioning by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Srinagar for three consecutive days. On June 9, 2017, they were summoned to New Delhi and since then have been under detention in Tihar Jail.
In a statement, Geelani termed the raid as “sheer vengeance”. He said he was surprised at the fact that the ED had asked for property documents that already stand seized by its sister agency (NIA) 15 months ago.