NIA raids house of Hizbul chief's son Shahid Yusuf in terror funding case

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26 October 2017

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today carried out searches at the residence of Syed Shahid Yusuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, in Kashmir valley, in connection with a six-year-old terror funding case.

The NIA carried out searches at Yousuf's residence at Soibugh village of  Budgam district in central Kashmir and seized phones, laptops, hard disks and several incriminating documents, officials said.

Shahid, who was arrested by the NIA on Tuesday for allegedly receiving funds from overseas for subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, is at present in the custody of the agency for seven days.

The raid comes two days after the counter-terror probe agency arrested Shahid, 42, a state government employee, in Delhi after he was called for questioning at its headquarters in a 2011 terror funding case that pertains to terror money sent through hawala channels by militants based in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to Jammu and Kashmir to instigate terrorist activities.

Shahid was found to have been receiving and collecting funds through international wire money transfer from Hizbul Mujahideen militant Aijaz Bhat, a Srinagar resident now based in Saudi Arabia.

During his questioning by the NIA, Shahid also admitted to have received funds even from members of Hizbul Mujahideen on the direction of his father. He had also revealed the names of his associates abroad associated with the Hizbul Mujahideen and involved in raising, collecting and transferring funds from abroad to India.

After his arrest, the NIA said Shahid was one of Aijaz Bhat's several contacts who were in telephonic touch "to receive the money transfer codes". The money was meant to fund Hizbul Mujahideen's militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA had filed two chargesheets against six accused in the case in 2011. Four of them Ghulam Mohammed Bhat, one of the closest aides of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmad Dagga are currently in Delhi's Tihar Jail.

Two of the accused, Mohammad Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Bhat, are on the run and have been declared proclaimed offenders. Pandit, like Aijaz Bhat, has been an active Hizbul Mujahideen militant and is currently based in Pakistan.

Ghulam Mohammed Bhat, Ganai, Liloo and Dagga were arrested on 22 January 2011, and Rs21.20 lakh was recovered from them.

After their arrest, Aijaz Bhat used to send money to Shahid.

The Hizbul Mujahideen chief's son, according to an NIA official, received at least four installments of money in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.





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