Salahuddin’s son held for terror funding

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2017 09:20:08



THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, in connection with a 2011 terror funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father.

An NIA spokesman said 42-year-old Shahid, at present
working in the agricultural department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, was summoned to the agency’s headquarters on Tuesday following which he was arrested. He will be produced before a designated NIA court on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Centre announced a “sustained dialogue” process with all stakeholders in J-K and appointed a former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as its special representative. The NIA alleged Shahid used to receive funds through a US-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is absconding and based in Saudi Arabia.

The agency alleged Shahid was “one of several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes. The NIA claimed so far he had received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers.

The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi, which the agency believed was used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities.

The NIA has so far filed two chargesheets against six people including 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 four are in judicial custody.