NIA arrests Syed Salahuddin's son for Kashmir terror funding case

NIA arrests Syed Salahuddin's son for Kashmir terror funding case

A government official told The Hindu that Mr. Yusuf, who works in the agriculture department of the J&K government, was arrested as his name cropped up in a 2011 case registered by the NIA pertaining to terror funding. "He was summoned for questioning to Delhi on Tuesday after initial rounds as his role was established in the case and so we arrested him", NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal said in a statement to Mirror.The case involves funding through hawala channels by terrorists based in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The money was allegedly routed through Saudi Arabia by a man identified as Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, a declared absconder who was charge-sheeted with four others in a previous case back in 2011.

The 2011 terror funding case seems to be finding its ground now after NIA nabbed four accused in 2011 and filed a charge sheet. "It is on the basis of this irrefutable evidence that we have gone ahead with Yusuf's arrest". Two others, Mohd. Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat are absconding. Pandit, like Aijaz Bhat, has been an active Hizbul Mujahideen militant and is now based in Pakistan.

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

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The NIA in a statement charged 42-year-old Shahid Yousuf of "receiving and collecting funds through global wire money transfer" from a Saudi Arabia-based Aizaz Ahmad Bhat, who is accused of being a member of the Pakistan-based militant group.

On Monday, while announcing Dineshwar Sharma as an interlocutor, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that since NIA is an autonomous body, it would follow its regular course of investigations. He was apparently referring to the terror-funding cases involving top separatist leaders.

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