Terror funding case: NIA conducts raid in Jammu, questions Geelani's aide

The apex court has agreed to the plea of the woman who has been denied the right to property under section 35A. file

The NIA visited Srinagar in May to probe the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned several separatist leaders on the issue of raising, collecting and transferring funds via the Hawala route and other channels to fund terror activities in Kashmir.

A spokesman for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the office and residence of Devinder Singh Behal, chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a constituent of Tehreek-e-Hurriayat headed by Geelani, were searched in Jammu.

"After the questioning, Behl was detained by NIA sleuths", they said.

He is a close associate of a top Hurriyat leader and regularly attends funerals of militants.

In another related news, the NIA has summoned Naseem, the second son of Geelani, to appear before the investigation agency.

Geelani's elder son, Nayeem, who was asked to present himself at the agency's headquarters in New Delhi tomorrow, has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar after he complained of chest pain, members of the Hurriyat faction said.

On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatists over money laundering charges, for funding terror in the Kashmir Valley. Hafiz Saeed, leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat- ud -Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e- Taiba, is also an accused in the case.

The NIA had questioned separatist leaders and businessmen in Valley and conducted raids in May and June this year to unearth separatist funding. All of them have been remanded in 10 days NIA custody.

Geelani's close aides Ayaz Akbar, spokesman for Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah were arrested from the Valley last week.

The statement also said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called an emergency press conference at his Hyderpora residence to refute the allegations, but the police and the state administration prevented media from entering his residence.

"The reports and details of properties prepared by NIA are not based on facts", he said adding, "Indian authorities are resorting to character assassination of separatist leadership to defame and delegitimize the real representative character of separatist camp".

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