NIA to attach properties of more Kashmiri separatists

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New Delhi:In a major clampdown, the NIA is likely to question some more separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir and attach more properties it knows have been bought from funds meant to promote terror in the troubled state.

A senior National Investigation Agency (NIA) official told : “The agency has identified the properties of different separatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley.”

The official said the agency had got several leads during its questioning of several people in recent months.

The NIA on Tuesday quizzed jailed Altaf Ahmed Shah aka Funtoosh”s son Anees-ul-Islam about his financial transactions and role during protests in the Kashmir Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in 2016.

Islam is the grandson of Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who advocates Jammu and Kashmir”s merger with Pakistan. Islam”s father is married to Geelani”s daughter.

The official said Islam was also questioned about the players behind the financing of terrorist activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments in the Valley.

He was asked to show his financial transactions and give details of his families” visit to foreign countries.

The NIA last week also questioned the Editor and owner of English newspaper “Greater Kashmir” Fayaz Ahmed Kaloo in connection with terror funding following many articles published in the daily after Wani”s death.

The agency registered cases of terror funding against several separatist leaders in May 2017 on charges of stoking unrest in the Valley.

The case named Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, as an accused. It also names groups such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

NIA officials said they have got leads on how the money was routed to separatist leaders through hawala operators.

The agency has earlier arrested Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali, who acted as a conduit for foreign contributions to terrorist groups in the state.

The officials claimed they had evidence against Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Awami Action Committee.

The NIA had questioned him on three consecutive days in April regarding terror funding and sought answers regarding the documents seized from his residence on February 26.

The NIA had recovered letterheads of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jammat-ud-Dawa, Hizbul Mujahideen and other terrorist outfits from his residential premises.

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