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NIA to probe Geelani and others for receiving funds from Pakistan
20 May 2017, 03:11 | Darnell Patrick
Sources said, "After completing the preliminary probe, NIA will question Geelani, Nayeem Khan, Gazi Javed Baba and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate".
The NIA has also taken cognisance of the news item related to the recording of conversations between a TV reporter and leaders of separatist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley in this regard, he said.
A team from the counter-terror investigation agency landed in Srinagar to question the four separatist leaders, an NIA statement said.
NIA is of the suspicion that funds to the Hurriyat was coming in from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba's (LeT) Hafiz Saeed to fuel the restlessness and violence in Kashmir, and the enquiry will look into the matter. same reason, enquiry was registered.
The move comes after an India Today news channel exposé that purportedly shows Pakistan pumping money into Jammu and Kashmir in connivance with Hurriyat leaders to stoke trouble in the valley.
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The NIA on Thursday collected the memory devices and cameras used in the sting operation to verify the contents.
The NIA official said a notice has been sent to India Today for the videos of the sting. "The NIA team arrived in Srinagar in the morning to probe the Hurriyat leaders funding", the NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Rising Kashmir over phone from New Delhi.
An apparent example of how the kith and kin of these Hurriyat leaders availed the above-mentioned is the faction of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, which inversely always has goaded the youth of Kashmir to come out on the roads and leave their studies for a "bigger cause", indirectly urging them for "stone-pelting".
Moreover, he said that continued illegal detention of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Masarat Alam Bhat, detention of Aasiya Andrabi, whose health is reportedly increasingly deteriorating and Fehmeeda Sofi, who were booked under the Lawless Law, Public Safety Act, and continued house detention of APHC Hurriyat Leaders Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmad Shah is highly deplorable.
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