Srinagar, September 4: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) continues the high-intensity investigation in a bid to curb terror funding and subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir have summoned Mian Abdul Qayoom in terror funding case to appear before it on 6 September at its headquarters in New Delhi.
Notably, the central agency on Monday summoned Jammu and Kashmir High Court lawyer Mian Abdul Qayoom who is also a President Kashmir Bar Association to appear before it on 6 September at its headquarters in New Delhi in alleged terror funding case.
Earlier, NIA arrested a businessman from Srinagar Zahoor Ahmad Watali who was also a close aide of separatists Geelani allegedly involved in terror funding case and anti-India operations. The arrest of Srinagar based businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali comes following the searches conducted by the central probe agency at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir belonging to his relatives and employees.
The raids were conducted after the questioning of Geelani's sons. The NIA sought details about the financial transactions from Naeem and Naseem. The court also gave the judicial custody of Naeem and Naseem to NIA in money laundering case. Several other Hurriyat leaders who have been questioned in connection with this case have given details about the funding. All evidence points towards a major role played allegedly by Geelani, the investigations have found.
The action of NIA comes after the probe agency raided the house and office of Devinder Singh Behl in money laundering case and arrested him from his residence. Devinder Singh Behl is a businessman and close aide of Syed Ali Shah Geelani allegedly involved in the money laundering case and funded anti-national elements to create unrest in Kashmir.
However, it’s been past several months, NIA has conducted massive raids, searches and arrested many prominent faces of Kashmir in terror funding and money laundering case. The case came into the limelight after a sting operation surfaced in which he purportedly confessed by Nayeem Khan to receiving funds from Pakistan to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley. After this, Geelani suspended Khan from the basic membership of Hurriyat conference in May.
Hafeez Saeed, a Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ud Dawa, the front of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been named in the FIR as an accused, in addition to organizations such as the Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujaheedin and Dukhtaran-e-Milat. The NIA in the same context had also searched the premises of others like Shahid-ul-Islam, an aide of Farooq's, who heads the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference. The NIA had recovered some account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including the LeT and the Hizbul Mujahideen, during its searches.
In 2002, the Income Tax department had raided the establishments of some separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and documents. Interestingly, this the first time since the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the early 1990s, NIA had carried out raids in connection with the funding of separatists.