NIA arrest seven in connection with terror funding

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today made arrests for allegedly funding terror groups in Kashmir and detained seven people which included the son-in-law of separatist leader SAS Geelani.

The seven are Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate.

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NIA had last month raided the Srinagar house of Shah, who is the son-in-law of separatist leader SAS Geelani. Apart from being the son-in-law of Geelani, Shah is perceived to be influential in the evolving the policies of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.

The NIA had also searched the premises of others like Shahid-ul-Islam, an aide of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq’s, who heads the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference.The raids were part of the NIA’s efforts to clamp down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Valley.

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