Top Hizbul militant in NIA custody

In August,a Delhi court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Lali after NIA investigators zeroed on his role.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published: October 4, 2013 3:54 am

A top Hizbul Mujahideen militant,who was arrested last month from North Kashmir’s Bandipore forests,was handed over to National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Thursday.

Sources said a special team of NIA Delhi arrived in Srinagar and took custody of Talib Hussain Lali,48,from the police. Before his arrest on September 4,Lali had been actively involved in militant activities for the last 18 years.

A senior police officer confirmed that Lali was handed over to NIA for investigation. “Lali has already been shifted to New Delhi in a special plane,” the officer said,refusing to divulge more details.

In September,Lali was arrested by the Army along with two associates Rashid and Showket from Bazipora forests of Bandipore. Army later handed over Lali to police for further investigation. The government had earlier announced Rs 5 lakh award for Lali’s capture. Soon Lali’s arrest,the NIA sought the custody of Hizb militant in connection with a 2011 case of alleged channelling of money by Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin to families of militants killed in the Valley through hawala and human couriers.

In August,a Delhi court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Lali after NIA investigators zeroed on his role.

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