New Delhi, June 13: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has boosted its efforts and probe against all the separatists and anti national elements to curb the terrorism in Kashmir and therefore one by one all the leaders who speak on behalf of Pakistan is on the radar of agency. Notably, NIA on Monday again questioned Altaf Ahmed Shah, son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in Kashmir.
According to the official sources, NIA questioned Shah about the alleged funding of the Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. However, the central agency also questioned Shah on 9th June of this year about his movable and other properties, including houses in the Kashmir as well as in Jammu, and the source for their funding.
Altaf Ahmed Shah is not only a son-in-law of Geelani but plays an influential role in the policies of the Tehrek-e- Hurriyat and therefore he is on the radar of NIA. NIA earlier raided Shah’s Srinagar house and searched the premises of others, such as Shahid-ul-Islam, a close aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, and businessman Zahoor Watali.
During the raids, NIA recovered unaccounted account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including LeT and HM. The raids were part of the central agency’s effort to curb down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Kashmir. Meanwhile, Geelani questioned the role of NIA and accused the central agency was being used as a “war weapon” against separatist leadership in Kashmir.
Interestingly, the known terrorist and Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul Dawah, Hafeez Saeed has been named in the FIR as an accused besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference which is led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.
Earlier in the month, NIA also lodged FIR against known separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen over funds distribution to spread terrorism and violence in the Valley after investigating the bank accounts and interrogation of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Javed Ahmed alias Gazi Baba and suspended Hurriyat leader Naeem Khan, who have all reportedly admitted to taking money from Pakistan through different ways.
The investigating agency also arrested Syed Ali Shah Geelani under Sections 120 b, 121, 121 of the CrPC, and Sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.