If need arises, Geelani, Mirwaiz, Malik will also be arrested: NIA


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to summon top Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik for questioning in connection with alleged terror funding case, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.

“The stone-pelting business in Kashmir is multi-layered. Those arrested are the penultimate layer with leaders such as Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik being at the top. However, there are multiple layers of couriers and stone pelters below those arrested,’’ an NIA officer told The Indian Express. “All of these people have to be identified and questioned. If need be, some of them will also be arrested.’’

The report quoting the officer said that the NIA’s primary job now is to utilise the 10-day custody of the seven accused, who were arrested on Monday, to corroborate evidence against them.

A special NIA court in Delhi on Tuesday granted the custody of Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar. They are accused of fomenting trouble using funds allegedly received from Pakistan.


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