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‘Terror funding case’: NIA questions Hizb chief’s eldest son

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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency today questioned six people, including the eldest son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a 2011 terror funding case, officials said here.

Shakeel Yusuf, who works as a medical assistant at Srinagar’s Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, appeared before the agency along with five others suspected to have received funds from Salahuddin, they said.

The NIA wanted to question him over allegations that he used to receive funds sent by his father through a US-based international wire transfer company, officials said.

The agency alleged that Yusuf was also “one of several Indian contacts” of a hawala operator based in Saudi Arabia identified as Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, and was alleged to have been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes.

Yusuf may be quizzed again, officials said.

Meanwhile, sources said that men from the NIA questioned Slahudin’s two sons and son-in law in Srinagar.

Sources said that NIA let off Javaid Ahmed and Muhammad Moieed, however, his eldest son Shakeel was quizzed in Delhi and will be asked to appear again for more questioning.

The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi, which the agency believed was used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities.

The NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people including G M Bhat, a close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga. All four are in judicial custody.

Two others — Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Bhat — were also charge sheeted by the NIA but are absconding. An Interpol Red Corner notice has been issued against them.

Yusuf’s father Mohammed Yusuf Shah — better known as Syed Salahuddin — was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State in June last year.

Besides heading militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, he is the chairman of the United Jehad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of militant outfits operating in the Kashmir Valley.

The agency had also arrested another son of the Hizb chief Shahid in connection with the case in October last year. He is at present in judicial custody. (With PTI inputs)



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