Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

NIA registers probe against Geelani, three others

NIA registers probe against Geelani, three others

The Hurriyat had claimed that the NIA had earlier "harassed and questioned" party leaders Ayaz Akbar, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Syed Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah. "Terrorism and militancy, and those who have taken to violence, will be treated differently", the minister said in Srinagar on Thursday.

The four are suspected to have received funds from militant outfits like LeT, JuD to pay off people carrying out violent protests and arson in the Kashmir Valley, where more than 100 civilians have been killed since July previous year.

It alleged the Hurriyat Conference was funding trouble in the Kashmir Valley and sponsoring stone pelting on security forces, burning of schools and other government establishments using the money they get from Pakistan.

The NIA will summon for questioning Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Nayeem Khan, Gazi Javed Baba and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate - four Valley-based pro-resistance leaders it has named in a preliminary enquiry (PE), the report said.

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The Enforcement Directorate, which probes economic offences, said it would also join the NIA probe into the matter of funding from Pakistan through hawala channels - an illegal cash transfer system across borders run by money brokers.

Majorly carried against Nayeem Khan, a senior Hurriyat (G) leader and Jammu Kashmir National Front (NF) chairman, the sting video, apparently not shot recently since Nayeem is seen wearing woolen clothes in it, shows him talking to some people (not visible in the video) at some unknown destination, which India Today claims is New Delhi.

"We are issuing notice to the news channel for providing us the memory devices and cameras used in the sting operation to verify the contents", the official told the newspaper. They said that India was lying about the pellet guns being non-lethal, adding that these weapons could not be called non-lethal as the bullets fired from them had blinded hundreds of people in the occupied territory.

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