Under NIA lens, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son falls ill; in ICU
THE ELDER son of Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Dr Nayeem Geelani, who has been summoned by NIA in connection with alleged hawala transactions, was admitted to hospital on Sunday after he complained of chest pain. A Hurriyat spokesman said he was admitted to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science. “He has been kept in ICU. He is a heart patient and suffered a massive heart attack in 2009.” He said Nayeem was scheduled to visit Delhi Monday to appear before NIA and had also booked his flight ticket.
The Hurriyat, meanwhile, targeted the NIA and government after police did not let Geelani hold a press meet to reject allegations against himself, his family and others from Hurriyat. “The press conference was called to make aware the nation and the world about the reality of these allegations and to expose the wicked agenda of the RSS mindset behind this propaganda, but the police and the state administration prevented the press conference and didn’t allow the media to enter the residence of Geelani Sahab,” a Hurriyat statement said.
The National Investigation Agency on Monday summoned Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son to Delhi in terror funding case.
The NIA on Sunday had picked up another Hurriyat leader, Devinder Singh Behl, from his house in Bakshi Nagar, Jammu.One of the few non-Muslim separatist leaders, he was detained for over four hours.
Behl is chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference (Geelani group) and also a member of the Hurriyat’s legal cell. He has been attending the funerals of militants across the Valley, raising anti-India slogans.
NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal said, “We conducted searches at the residence and office of Devinder Singh Behl, chairman, JKSPF, during which the team seized four cellphones, a tablet, incriminating documents and financial papers.” He said they were probing his role as a courier as he was suspected to be routing funds from Pakistan-based handlers.
On July 24, the NIA, while on a hawala money trail, had arrested separatist leaders from Kashmir, including the son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Altaf Fantosh, Nayeem Khan, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah (Shahid-ul Islam), Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar (Bitta Karate) and Ayaz Akber.