Separatist leaders sent to 10 day-NIA custody

| Updated: Jul 26, 2017 00:30 IST

New Delhi [India], July 25 (ANI): A Delhi court on Tuesday sent all seven separatist leaders - Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate - to a 10 day-National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody over money laundering charges to fund terror in the Kashmir Valley. The NIA court also said that all seven will be confronted in this matter. The NIA arrested seven Hurriyat leaders yesterday. They were then brought to the headquarters of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Delhi. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Six of them were arrested from Srinagar, while Bitta Karate was arrested from New Delhi. 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. The NIA sleuths specifically questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba at that time. The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley. (ANI)
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