Pak terror funding: NIA probe uncovers calendar of unrest with Geelani's signature

31 July 2017, 08:56 AM
Pak terror funding: NIA probe uncovers calendar of unrest with Geelani's signature (File Photo)
Pak terror funding: NIA probe uncovers calendar of unrest with Geelani's signature (File Photo)

The National Investigating Agency sleuths have found documents which show Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelan's direct involvement in organising events to incite unrest in Kashmir Valley, sources said.

In a raid at separatist leader Altaf Shah Funtoosh, the NIA on Sunday found a calendar with Geelani's signatures, sources said. The calendar contains detailed planning of events intended to create dissent against Indian Army and security forces in the Valley. 

Here's look at what was found in the terror calendar: 

August 4, 2016: Plan to stage protest against army and security forces

August 6, 2016: Call to gather at local crossing and stage protest

August 8, 2016: Orders to block all roads leading to Srinagar, ensuring security officer is able to reach office to report on duty, calling every one of mobiles to enlist support

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August 9, 2016: Appeal to women to take out a procession from Asar to Magrib, raising Islamic slogans en route. Masjids to play songs for freedom

August 10, 2016: Letters to be given to all security officers in Jammu and Kashmir asking them to go back

August 11, 2016: Warning to India-supporting politicians and Panchayat members to resign, notice to be stricken outside their doors

August 12, 2016: Masjids to give sermons for Freedom of Kashmir, posters on the topic to be posted outside masjid entrances

August 13, 2016: Black flag protest

August 14, 2016: Celebrations of Pakistan Day

August 15, 2016: Observe black day in Kashmir 

Widening its probe in the terror funding case, the NIA on Sunday searched the office and residence of a lawyer linked to hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on suspicion of routing funds to separatists from their Pakistan-based handlers.

A spokesman for the NIA said the office and residence of Devinder Singh Behal, chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a constituent of Tehreek-e-Hurriayat headed by Geelani, were searched in Jammu.

Behal is also a member of the legal cell of the separatist amalgam led by Geelani and a “close associate” of the Hurriyat hawk. Behal, the anti-terror probe agency said, also regularly attends the funeral processions of militants.

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“The NIA is investigating his role as a courier as he is suspected to be involved in routing funds to separatist leaders from Pakistan-based handlers,” the spokesman said.

He claimed several incriminating documents, four mobile phones, a tablet computer and a few other articles were seized during the searches, and Behal was being questioned.

In a related development, the NIA also issued summons to Naseem, the younger son of Geelani, asking him to appear before it on Wednesday.

Geelani’s elder son, Nayeem, who was asked to present himself at the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi tomorrow, has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar after he complained of chest pain, members of the Hurriyat faction said.

Nayeem, a surgeon, had returned from Pakistan in 2010 after spending 11 years and is considered Geelani’s heir apparent.

Nayeem was to be questioned in connection with the terror funding case which has named Hafiz Saeed, leader of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, as an accused.

The NIA has also named separatist organisations like the two factions led by Geelani and moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and all-woman outfit Dukhtaran-e-Millat in its FIR.

Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh has already been arrested by the NIA and was being interrogated.

Besides him, Geelani’s close aides Ayaz Akbar, spokesman for Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, and Peer Saifullah were arrested from the Valley last week.

Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman for the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan (of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction) and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ have also been arrested. All of them have been remanded in 10 days NIA custody.

The NIA had registered the case on May 30, accusing separatist and secessionist leaders of being in cahoots with terrorist groups.

The case was registered over raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including through hawala channels, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in the state and for causing disruption in the Valley by pelting security forces with stones, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

The NIA conducted searches in several places in the state besides Haryana and the national capital. Electronic devices and valuables worth crores of rupees were impounded.

It is for the first time since the rise of militancy in the early 1990s that a central probe agency has conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups.

(With Inputs from PTI)

First Published: Monday, July 31, 2017 08:31 AM
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