NIA arrests Syed Salahuddin's son for Kashmir terror funding case

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Just a few hours after the appointment of former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Dineshwar Sharma as Centre's interlocutor in Jammu and Kashmir to initiate dialogues, the National Investigative Agency (NIA), on Tuesday, arrested Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son, Syed Shahid Yusuf.

Shahid, 42, a state government employee, was arrested in Delhi after he was called for questioning at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters. The summon to Yusuf read, "Whereas it appears that you are acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case (RC-06/2011/NLA/DLI dated 25.04.2011), which I am investigating, you are hereby required to appear before me.for the objective of answering certain questions relating to the case". In this connection, multiple cases have been registered. He will be arrested soon, said a senior NIA official.

The agency alleged that Shahid is "one of several Indian contacts of Bhat" who have been in telephonic contact with him to receive the money transfer codes.

Two of the accused, Mohammad Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Bhat, are on the run and have been declared proclaimed offenders.

Syed Shahid Yusuf works with the agriculture department as a village Agriculture Extension Assistant and has a family home in Soibugh village in Budgam.

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"The money was sent between 2011-14 and it was used for terrorist activities in the Kashmir Valley", said the official.

The agency has already filed a charge sheet against 10 people which included Syed Salahuddin in the second case of 2011.

It was further discovered that Aizaz Ahmad Bhat is a member of the of the Pakistan-based terror group.

In the recent case, the NIA has arrested 10 people including some close kin and aides of Geelani. Pandit, like Aijaz Bhat, has been an active Hizbul Mujahideen militant and is now based in Pakistan.