J-K: NIA team lands in Srinagar to probe if separatist leaders received funds from LeT

The NIA had registered a preliminary enquiry against separatists for alleged involvement in subversive activities and receiving funds from LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 6:36 pm
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday reached Srinagar to quiz hardline Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is alleged to be involved in subversive activities and receiving funds from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed. The latest development comes hours after the NIA had registered a preliminary probe against them.

Naeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat are among others who have been named in the preliminary enquiry, according to an NIA spokesperson. Khan was also seen on television during a sting operation allegedly confessing to have received money from Pakistan-based terror groups.

The spokesman further alleged that the separatists were receiving funds from Saeed to execute subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, which included pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.

Reacting to his development, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that the accused must be questioned and punished if they are guilty as per the law. “There have been instances and specific reporting about leaders of the Hurriyat conference receiving funds through unapproved and illegal sources,” Kohli was quoted as saying by ANI.

“From this perspective, if they are receiving funds from, for example, somebody in Pakistan in cash beyond the prescribed amount, then they are obviously answerable for it and when we see the situation there, where militants are involved and if these funds are related to terrorism, then the NIA will have to look at it,” he added.

Over the last couple of months, the Valley has witnessed an increase in incidents of violence and militant attacks.

With inputs from PTI

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    GandhiSpeaks
    May 20, 2017 at 5:15 am
    This now opens the doors for the government to prosecute the seperatists for acts against the government, income tax, FEMA, Smugg (currency), money laundering, inciting violence. Apply all the relevant sections of all the laws of the land and ensure they never come out of the prison.
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      M. Srivastava
      May 20, 2017 at 4:25 am
      All these things will never resolve the problem totally. Kashmir Valley nees 100,000 to 200,000 more troops the job shall be permanently and totally done. Also boost tourism and connect the train as rapidly as possible to Delhi. Truthfully the Valley is Central Asia (I just returned from there) and must be connected further to Delhi.
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        Dhawan
        May 20, 2017 at 3:01 am
        Let secularism survive and blossom in spirit of the great MAHATMA but send all Islamic terrorists to their beloved China. They will be castrated with Israeli supplied equipment to China and their beards cut. Also get back POK the problem is solved.
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          Manwar Singh
          May 20, 2017 at 2:37 am
          Just for supericial propa a. Why is no effort being made to bring peace in Kashmir. The Valley a tiny area with a tiny poulation of 6 million people is not to difficult to control if the Government plans things. Besides many Kashmiris support India. Why no progress to give land to the displasced Pandits to settle them back in the Valley? Are some foreign and internal forces preventing this since India is getting so called investment. What about the AGNI-6 missile and the second nuclear submarine of the Arihant cl has the govt been told by their foreign backers to hide these lethal toys? India must maintain total independence and not let greed come from outside the result will be a new East-India Company. Follow Swadeshi and the Mahatma. Let not your economy be hijacked by outsiders. The ministers, MPs and MLAs (many corrupt and criminals) are always trave by AC while the common person is packed like a mule. Let the nation elect truly nationalistic and honest leaders.
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            kaladadkalimata
            May 19, 2017 at 11:55 pm
            no mount of threats and operation can stop Kashmiri peoples to fight for the right of self determination. find out where these emotions are coming from?? who is providing them stones and slogans to fight back. 3 quarter of million armed forces of Hindu satan unable to squash them.
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              Samuel Johnson
              May 20, 2017 at 12:33 am
              I agree. Since we got divided by Muslims and we gave away the land to Muslims and money we are still left with Muslims in india. So pack all the Muslims and send them to border and give them to Ppaakistan or Bbaangladesh. Else take back the country.
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                MyTake
                May 20, 2017 at 2:20 am
                You should be working as bonded labour in Chinese agricultural projects in stan. You should be doing the training for that! What you are doing here?
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                kaladadkalimata
                May 19, 2017 at 11:50 pm
                MILLION INVESTIGATION AND OPERATION WILL NOT CALM KASHMIR. OCCUPATION MUST END ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF KASHMIRI PEOPLES
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                  Samuel Johnson
                  May 20, 2017 at 12:34 am
                  How about the will of Muslims who we gave them the land and money. So you all illegal Muslims in india. Move to your mother multiple fatherland.
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                  R. Iyer
                  May 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                  I would think that the NIA should have conducted a surprise raid on the homes and offices of the separatists before giving them notice of an investigation consisting of talking to them and merely questioning them about the source of the illegal funds. What do they expect in response? A confession? This is becoming a farce.
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                    Suraj
                    May 20, 2017 at 2:39 am
                    Sources of funds can always be verified whatever the separatists claim their money came from. And if the separatists have unaccounted cash to which they have no legal source then that itself is another punishable offence under the Indian penal code. So its all good.
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                    MyTake
                    May 19, 2017 at 11:08 pm
                    Islam supposedly means peace but in real life Islam and Peace are not something that can co-exist. Judge this even by looking at Islamic countries. This paradox has never been solved! Those who in acct are peaceful they never ever advertise that but Islamic peace is advertised mainly for political reason where in fact Islamic politicians or political islam or Islam means politics by another name or Islamic fascism is bringing havoc on earth by all its activities in the name of another camofloged actions called jehad which by moments notice can be activated to arms fight while preparing and gearing itself in "peaceful" times awarded by others under democratic rights!
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