Terror funding: Geelani son-in-law among seven held, separatists call for bandh

The NIA said Farooq Ahmad Dar was arrested in New Delhi. The others held in Srinagar will be brought to New Delhi Tuesday where they will be produced before the Special Judge, NIA, at the Patiala House Courts. 

Written by Mir Ehsan , Deeptiman Tiwary | Srinagar/new Delhi | Published:July 25, 2017 5:13 am
syed ali shah geelani, geelani son in law arrested, terror funding, kashmir separatists arrest, indian express Syed Ali Shah Geelani (Express archive photo)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Monday arrested seven Kashmiri separatists, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and a close aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in connection with a case of alleged terror funding from Pakistan. Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Funtoosh, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate are the seven arrested. Shahid-ul-Islam is a close aide and press secretary of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The NIA said Farooq Ahmad Dar was arrested in New Delhi. The others held in Srinagar will be brought to New Delhi Tuesday where they will be produced before the Special Judge, NIA, at the Patiala House Courts. Dar had been summoned for questioning to the NIA headquarters and later placed under arrest.

Protesting the arrests, the separatist leadership called for a Kashmir bandh Tuesday.

Sources said the NIA decided to arrest the seven since they were not cooperating with the investigation and the agency had found evidence against them in connection with the case. “We have ascertained financial trails which are leading to some of these accused. It has also been ascertained that some of the funding has been coming from Pakistan,” an NIA officer said.

The NIA registered a case on May 30 against the separatists who, according to the agency, were acting in connivance with active militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtarane Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and other organisations.

The NIA spokesman said the men were raising, receiving and collecting funds through illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir. “They were using funds for causing disruption in Kashmir Valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

The spokesman said the NIA had conducted widespread searches in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana and recovered documents, electronic devices, cash and valuables worth several crores of rupees.

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    yash sehgal
    Jul 25, 2017 at 9:11 am
    Don't worry bandhs in kashmir..arrest this buddha Gillani n feed him n his damaads pork biryani n give them chilli danda treatment twice a day for a month..all terrorism shall vanish in kashmir.if porkistan offers them money a hundred times , they will refuse that a thousand times.
    1. I
      Jul 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
      All HURIET LEADERS with their FAMILIES should be arrested and send to PA-KI-STAN to enjoy the bliss of living in an ISLAMIC REPUBLIC with SHARIA LAWS. ................. And any STONE PELTER caught in the act also should pushed into POK.
      1. S
        Jul 25, 2017 at 8:42 am
        Where is secularism, tolerance and equality in Mohamed's religion?
        1. S
          Jul 25, 2017 at 8:41 am
          Why Mohamed followers want to join Pakistan? They just blew up 70 people in Af-Pak today. Some Islamic heavens!
          1. S
            Jul 25, 2017 at 8:15 am
            All bundh people should be treated as criminals as they received funds from pakis. Jail is good until show lively hood to ONE paisa. Stay in jail of Nicobar. Leaders should same privileged to prove their income and spending. Jail is best suited for them. Barking dog don't bite . They are always durpok. THIER BIBI MAKE THEM RUN THAT IS WHY THEY KEEP TANGADI ABOVE ANKA ,good for running as of slights noise.
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              periyar sumban
              Jul 25, 2017 at 7:34 am
              Burqa, Christiana amanpour, al jazeera are in cahoots to undermine hindus
              1. K
                Jul 25, 2017 at 7:05 am
                Why is it that we always treat anti nationals and separatists with kid gloves. Can't we simply eliminate them by putting all of them in gas chambers like our bigger neighbour does?
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                  p g
                  Jul 25, 2017 at 6:48 am
                  Bands are having no affect on these no good kashmiris. Stop essential supplies like daily needs, water and electricity to the whole of the troubled areas. This is the only way to treat these anti-nationals and pak supporters.
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