NIA summons independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA for questioning in terror funding case

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SRINAGAR: Unbiased Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, popularly generally known as Rashid Engineer, has been summoned by the NIA for questioning in a case associated to the funding of terror actions within the Valley, officers stated at the moment.

Rashid, who has been known as for questioning on October three, is the primary mainstream politician to be summoned by the Nationwide Investigation Company within the case, the officers stated.

His identify had cropped up through the interrogation of businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the NIA for allegedly supplying cash to terror teams and separatists within the Valley.

Rashid, an unbiased MLA from Lagate in North Kashmir, has been denying any involvement within the case and has appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Meeting speaker to provoke an inquiry.

The NIA had registered a case on Might 30 in opposition to separatist and secessionist leaders who’ve allegedly been conniving with lively militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT) and different outfits and gangs, officers stated.

The case was registered for elevating, receiving and gathering funds by means of varied unlawful means, together with hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist actions in Jammu and Kashmir and for inflicting disruption within the Valley by means of pelting stones on the safety forces, burning faculties, damaging public property and waging conflict in opposition to India, the probe company stated within the FIR.

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

The FIR additionally names organisations corresponding to the 2 factions of the Hurriyat, one led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the opposite by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-women outfit of separatists.

NIA has secured confessional statements from two of the accused within the case.

A confessional assertion is recorded earlier than a judicial Justice of the Peace. The accused confirms in it that she or he is giving a press release with none stress from the probe company.

Your complete course of is videographed and no investigation officer is current within the courtroom premises through the proceedings. In case of retraction later, the company can file a case of perjury.

The NIA has arrested 10 folks to this point within the case. The checklist contains Altaf Ahmed Shah, Geelani’s son-in-law, and Watali.

Geelani’s shut aides Ayaz Akbar, who can be spokesperson of the hardline separatist organisation Tehreek- e-Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah have been additionally been arrested.

Others within the checklist are Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesperson of the average Hurriyat Convention, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmed Bhat.

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