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Former J-K MLA Rashid Engineer sent to NIA custody till August 14 in terror-funding case

New Delhi , News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 August 2019, 03:34 PM
Former Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid (File Photo)
Former Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid (File Photo)

Former Independent MLA in Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Abdul Rashid, popularly known as Rashid Engineer, has been sent to NIA custody till August 14 in connection with a case related to the funding of terror activities in the Valley. Abdul was produced before a duty magistrate at Delhi's Patiala House Court earlier today, a day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested him on charges of funding terror in the region.

Rashid, who was a legislator from the Langate Assembly seat in north Kashmir, is the first mainstream politician to have been arrested by the NIA in the case. He was earlier questioned in the case in 2017 and again summoned earlier this week.

Speaking to the media, the NIA officials said Rashid was unable to give any convincing answers to the questions and therefore, his custodial questioning became necessary. His name had cropped up during the interrogation of businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the NIA for allegedly supplying money to terror groups and separatists in the Valley.

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The NIA had registered the case against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active terrorists of proscribed terror organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, the officials said.

The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.

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Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ud- Dawa, the front of the Lashker-e-Taiba, has been named in the FIR as an accused. The FIR also names organisations such as the two factions of the Hurriyat, one led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the other by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-women outfit of separatists.

First Published: Saturday, August 10, 2019 03:27 PM
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