Aga Hassan answers NIA summons, returns to Budgam to hero’s welcome

Aga Hassan answers NIA summons, returns to Budgam to hero’s welcome

BUDGAM: Senior Hurriyat leader and president of Anjuman Shari-e-Shia, Aga Syed Hassan, on Friday appeared before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at Humhama here in response to a summons.
The NIA had directed Aga Syed Hassan to appear before the agency on Friday morning in connection with a “terror funding” case.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Aga Hassan said that the summons was nothing else than an attempt to “suppress the freedom movement and the voice of Kashmiri people.”
“I was asked many questions about my personal life and particularly my affiliation with the Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat (G),” he said.
Hassan said he reached the NIA office at Humhama at 10:30am and left after two hours. “During the September 2017 raid (by NIA), I had given answers to all their questions. Today the same questions were repeated,” Hassan told Kashmir Reader. “After a couple of questions I was allowed to go.”
He said he had not been asked to come again. “I guess they are closing this case now,” he said.
Meanwhile, protests erupted in Budgam town against the NIA summons to Aga Hassan. Raising slogans against the NIA, protesters assembled at the main chowk and demanded that their religious leader not be harassed time and again.
Scores of people had already reached Hassan’s residence at Budgam to protest his summons. He was accompanied by a large number of people to the main chowk before he left for Humhama.
When he returned, the people welcomed him with pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Budgam and Magam towns on the call of the Anjuman Shari-e-Shia, the largest religious-political organisation of Shias in Jammu and Kashmir.
The NIA had conducted a day-long raid at the residence of Aga Hassan in September last year, after which protests had erupted in Budgam.