NIA arrests Salahuddin's son in Delhi

NIA arrests Salahuddin's son in Delhi

NIA arrests Salahuddin's son in Delhi

In connection with its probe into terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son Syed Shahid Yusuf.

An NIA spokesperson said in a statement, "He was summoned for questioning to Delhi on Tuesday after initial rounds his role was conclusively established in the case and so we arrested him".

The NIA, registered the case in 2011, invigorated its investigation recently. The NIA had reopened its investigations in the matter despite the case being pending for trial in a city court.

Syed Shahid Yusuf came under the NIA's radar after it found that he was in regular contact with one Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, who is said to be a Hizbul operator working from one of the Middle-East countries.

The four accused, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo, Farooq Ahmadin, Mohd Sidiq Ganai and Ghulam Mohd Bhat, are now remanded in judicial custody and lodged in Tihar. The investigative agency also has call records of multiple conversations between Aijaz and Yousuf.

Yusuf works as a village agriculture assistant in the Jammu & Kashmir government. An Interpol Red Corner notice has been issued against both.

The arrest comes a day after the Central government announced the appointment of a special representative to carry forward the dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir.

Yousuf's father Mohammed Yusuf Shah-better known as Syed Salahuddin-was in June this year declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State.

The NIA has also registered two others cases related to terror funding - one in November 2011 and another in May this year.

"A fake story has been made to arrest my son", Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman Saleem Hashmi quoted Salahuddin as having said.

In the recent case, the NIA has arrested 10 people including some close kin and aides of Geelani.

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