A top Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Talib Hussain Lali, who was arrested last month from North Kashmir’s Bandipore forests, was handed over to National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Friday, sources said.
Lali was a close aide of the Hizb divisional commander whose custody was taken by the NIA in June this year, they added.
Sources said that Lali has been flown to Delhi as he was wanted by the NIA.
“Lali, an A++ category militant was the longest surviving militant in Kashmir, who was actively, involved in militancy since past twenty years, surrendered along with his two associates after a brief encounter with the army and special operation group of J&K police in Gujerbasti, Bandipura,” police sources said.
NIA is seeking his custody in connection with a 2011 case of hawala money.
Delhi court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Lali after NIA investigators zeroed on his role.