Terror Funding: NIA Takes 3 Separatists For Interrogation

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SRINAGAR: Three Kashmiri separatists Masarat Aalam Bhat, Asiya Andrabni and Shabir Shah were sent to NIA by a court for investigations in a terror funding case, reports appearing in the media said. They will be there for 10 days as the NIA is investigating the funding through Jamaat-ud-Dawah that Hafiz Saeed runs in Pakistan.

Reports said the NIA arrested the three separatists during an in-chamber proceeding before Special Judge Rakesh Syal after the agency’s request for a fortnight-long custody was agreed to by the court. While Masarat  Aalam was flown from Jammu for the appearance, apparently on transit remand, Shabir Shah and Asiya Andrabi were already with the NIA in different cases, reports added.

Since 2008, NIA is working on an FIR related to terror funding involving Hafiz, Sayed Salahuddin and ten others.

In Srinagar, the High Court has quashed detention orders of Jamiat-ed-Ahli Hadis leader Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, currently behind bars under PSA. Detention orders of Tariqad Tantray, Irfan Ashraf Dar and Akhter Rasool Lone, all residents of Reban Sopore, and Ahmad Dar of Baramulla were also quashed.

Talking to reporters in Srinagar, governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday had said his government has not decided on the possible release of Kashmiri political prisoners on the occasion of Eid.

“I don’t know that political parties are demanding the release of political prisoners,” Malik was quoted saying. “We will take a decision after giving it due thought. We will see what can be done in this regard.”

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