Here are things to know about Syed Shahid Yousuf, what he is accused of and why NIA arrested him.
The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday arrested Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin. He was arrested in connection with a 2011 terror funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father. Here are things to know about Syed Shahid Yousuf, what he is accused of and why NIA arrested him:
– 42-year-old Syed Shahid Yousuf is working in the Jammu and Kashmir government
– He was posted in the state’s agricultural department
– He was summoned to the NIA headquarters on Tuesday after which he was placed under arrest.
– Shahid’s father Mohammed Yusuf Shah — better known as Syed Salahuddin — was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State in June this year. Besides heading terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, he is also the chairman of United Jehad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of various terrorist outfits operating in the Kashmir Valley.
– The NIA alleged that Shahid used to receive funds through international wire money transfer from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, an absconding accused, at present based in Saudi Arabia.
– The agency alleged that Shahid is one of the several Indian contacts of Bhat who have been in telephonic contact with him to receive the money transfer codes.
What’s the case against Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yousuf
The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through Hawala channels via Delhi which was suspected to be used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities. The NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people which included G M Bhat, a close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga. All the four were in judicial custody. Besides them, two others — Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat — have also been chargesheeted by the NIA but both of them were absconding. An Interpol Red Corner notice has been issued against both.
The NIA has also registered two others cases related to terror funding — one in November 2011 and another in May this year.
The agency has already filed a charge sheet against 10 people which included Syed Salahuddin in the second case of 2011.
In the recent case, the NIA has arrested 10 people including some close kin and aides of Geelani.