A Hurriyat Conference spokesman said Singh’s remark was an “admission that Kashmir is not part of India”. He said Kashmir “continues to be a dispute” and India itself took it to the United Nations.
A spokesman said that police arrived at the Nigeen residence of Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and placed him in detention.
The separatist trio had announced on Wednesday their plans to visit Delhi today for holding a sit-in outside the NIA headquarters and court arrest against what they termed as vilification of Kashmiri people by the investigating agency.
The NIA also searched premises associated with Zameer Sheikh and Razzak Choudhary, both aides of separatist leader Shabir Shah who is in jail in a case of money laundering filed by the Enforcement Directorate.
Malik said NIA raids in Kashmir were aimed to pressure people to “stay away from the movement”.
On July 31, Naeem was scheduled to visit New Delhi to appear before NIA for interrogation but according to a PTI report, he was admitted to the SKIMS Hospital after he complained of chest pain.
People are appealed to observe a shutdown on Saturday, August 12 against the attempts to abrogate the state subject law (Article 35-A), separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.
Naseem, who could not appear before the NIA on Wednesday, said that this will allow him to claim travel allowance. He wrote that he could not make it to Delhi since he did not have enough money to arrange for his trip.
A Hurriyat spokesman said he was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science.
NIA has accused Behl of being a courier for money sent from Pakistan to the Geelani-led faction of Hurriyat to organise stone-pelting in Kashmir.
A Hurriyat spokesman said that Naeem is a hear patient and had suffered a massive heart attack in 2009. He said, “Naeem has been kept in the ICU. He has been under regular medical care. Repeated psychological pressure may have had adverse effects on his health.”
Ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig on Saturday lauded separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani while seeking his support in ending the crisis in Kashmir.
The officer said that the NIA’s primary job now is to utilise the 10-day custody of the seven accused, who were arrested on Monday, to corroborate evidence against them.
Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Dukhtaran-e-Milat.
The NIA (National Investigation Agency) registered a case on May 30 against the separatists who, according to it were acting in connivance with active militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtarane Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and other organisations.