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J&K terror: NIA summons PhD student, trader body head, 2 Hurriyat leaders

Kashmir Trader's body has called for a strike tomorrow to register its protest over Khan's summoning

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar/New Delhi 

BSF personnel keeping a tight vigil
BSF personnel

The has issued summons to a university PhD student, the head of a trader's body and two leaders to appear before it tomorrow in connection with a case related to the funding of terror activities in Kashmir, officials said today.

Yaseen Khan of Traders and Marketing Federation, Aala Fazil, pursuing a doctorate from university, and leaders of pro-Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Conference, Abdul Hameed Magrey and Wali Mohammed, have been asked to appear before the Investigation Agency (NIA) at its headquarter in New Delhi, they said.

Trader's body has called for a strike tomorrow to register its protest over Khan's summoning.

Bar Association president Mian Qayoom is likely to be summoned again by the NIA, the officials said, adding that many points related to his statement that was recorded earlier were being corroborated.

The people summoned to appear before the tomorrow were likely to be questioned about alleged funding to various groups that pelted the security forces with stones, the officials said.

The had registered a case on May 30 against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, officials said.

The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and and for causing disruption in the Valley by pelting the security forces with stones, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.

Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ud- Dawa, the front of the banned terrorist organisation Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused.

The FIR also names organisations such as the two factions of the Hurriyat, one led by and the other by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-women outfit of separatists.

has also secured confessional statements from two of the accused in the case.

A confessional statement is recorded before a judicial magistrate. The accused confirms in it that he or she is giving a statement without any pressure from the probe agency.

The entire process is videographed and no investigation officer is present in the court premises during the proceedings. In case of retraction later, the agency can file a case of perjury.

The has arrested 10 people so far in connection with the alleged funding of terror activities case. The list includes Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of Geelani, and noted businessman Zahorr Watali.

Geelani's close aides Ayaz Akbar, who is also the spokesperson of the hardline separatist organisation Tehreek- e-Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah have also been arrested.

Others on the list are Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson of the moderate Conference, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias 'Bitta Karate', photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 18:22 IST