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Hizb chief's eldest son quizzed by NIA in terror-funding case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today questioned six people, including the eldest son of chief Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a 2011 terror funding case, officials said here.

Shakeel Yusuf, who works as a at Srinagar's Sher-i-Institute of Medical Sciences, appeared before the agency along with five others suspected to have received funds from Salahuddin, they said.

The NIA wanted to question him over allegations that he used to receive funds sent by his father through a US-based international wire transfer company, officials said.

The agency alleged that Yusuf was also "one of several Indian contacts" of a hawala operator based in identified as Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, and was alleged to have been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes.

Yusuf may be quizzed again, officials said.

The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from to Jammu and through hawala channels via Delhi, which the agency believed was used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities.

The NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people including G M Bhat, a of pro-separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq Ganai, and All four are in judicial custody.

Two others -- and Bhat -- were also charge sheeted by the NIA but are absconding. An Red Corner notice has been issued against them.

Yusuf's father -- better known as -- was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the in June last year.

Besides heading terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, he is the of the (UJC), a conglomerate of terrorist outfits operating in the Valley.

The agency had also arrested another son of the in connection with the case in October last year. He is at present in judicial custody.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:11 IST