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Terror funding probe: Delhi court sends Kashmiri separatists to NIA custody

Accused have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Ailing Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing a press conference at his residence in Srinagar on Monday. PTI Photo
Ailing Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing a press conference at his residence in Srinagar on Monday. PTI Photo

A court here on Tuesday remanded seven Kashmiri separatists, arrested a day earlier on charges of taking from to sponsor and stone pelting in the Valley, in for 10 days.

During the in-camera proceedings, District Judge Poonam Bamba allowed the Investigation Agency to quiz Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate till August 4.

Allowing the plea to quiz them, the court said they needed to be taken to Jammu and and other places for investigation.

"... the ends of justice would be met by granting 10 days of police to enable the to interrogate the accused to unearth the entire conspiracy," the court said.

Six of the separatist leaders were arrested from Srinagar on Monday and later flown to Delhi. Farooq Ahmad Dar was held in Delhi. They have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging against India.

Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir's merger with Islam is a close aide of moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Ayaz Akbar is the spokesperson of Geelani-led

Public Prosecutor Surender Singh told the court it was unfortunate that the accused, under the security cover provided by the government of India, were doing to cause unrest.

The said it had credible information that Hafiz Mohammad Saeed Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawah and other separatist leaders, including Huriyat Conference members, were acting in connivance with of Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and and other groups to raise in India and abroad through illegal channels to fund terrorist activities in Jammu and

They entered into a larger conspiracy to wage against India, it said.

The agency told the court that their custodial interrogation was required to unearth the conspiracy hatched in connivance with other accused and to ascertain the modus operandi of raising for secessionist and in the Valley.

Their was also required to confront them with other accused, witnesses and seized documents, the agency said.

The said searches at different locations and buildings had led to seizure of documents apart from electronic gadgets that have since been sent for examination.

Defence counsel Ravi Qazi, Shikha Pandey, Rajat Kumar and Harsh Bora opposed the plea for and said the accused have been falsely implicated and the charges of they being threat to security were baseless.

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First Published: Tue, July 25 2017. 20:00 IST
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