Syed Salahuddin's son was arrested by NIA
In a major move, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has today arrested Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yusuf in connection with a 2011 terror funding case. He was questioned by the NIA in the national capital today. As per PTI reports, the NIA is probing illegal funding, including through hawala channels, for terrorist activities in parts of Kashmir Valley. It has registered multiple cases in this connection. He will be produced before a magistrate later in the day.
“The NIA has already filed two charge sheets against six accused persons in this case in 2011. Out of these six charge-sheeted accused, four including Ghulam Ahmad Bhat, close associate of Syed Ali Geelani, chairman Tahreek- e- Hurriyat are in judicial custody and facing the trail in the special court NIA, New Delhi. The other two namely Mohammad Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmad Bhat are still absconding. The red notice has already been issued against both the absconding persons,” NIA was quoted by The Indian Express. The terror funding case dates back to 2011 when foreign money was allegedly pumped into Kashmir to fund terror activities. With Yosuf’s arrest, five persons have been arrested in the case so far.
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As per The Indian Express, Yusuf is a post graduate in Agriculture and, since 2013, has been working in the department of agriculture Jammu and Kashmir as village agriculture extension assistant at his village Soibough in Budgam district.