NIA summons SAS Geelani's elder son for questioning

Elias Hubbard
July 28, 2017

In another related news, the NIA has issued summons for the elder son of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

The investigative agency has issued summons to at least 30 suspects identified as close associates of Hurriyat leaders, stone pelters and instigators of violence in the Kashmir Valley.

The middle-level Hurriyat leaders operated through these local leaders to reach the youths, who were given funds to organise stone-pelting protests after suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani's encounter killing in July a year ago. "We will move court to get permission to conduct test on the arrested Hurriyat leaders", said a senior NIA officer.

The NIA official also did not rule out the possibility of issuing summons to other Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Malik. The arrested include Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law, Altaf Ahmad Shah and he too will have to take the lie detector test. NIA had originally requested for an 18-dy custody, but the court only granted a 10-day custody.

Separatist leader and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Shah, who was arrested from his residence yesterday, was produced in the Patiala House Court today and has now been sent to a seven-day Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody in connection with a terror-funding case.

The agency, in the FIR, further alleged that through the funds so collected and as such have entered into a larger criminal conspiracy for causing disruption in the Kashmir valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, systematically burning of schools, damage to public property and waging war against India. It was they who the handlers from Pakistan were in direct contact with, the NIA earlier said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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