Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin's son arrested in terror funding case

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son arrested for terror funding

NIA nabs Hizbul chief's son in 2011 terror funding case few hours after interlocutor's appointment

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son Syed Shahid Yusuf in connection with a 2011 terror funding case.

Shahid Yousuf was summoned by the agency to New Delhi for questioning on October 16 in a case registered against Hizbul Mujahideen in Delhi.

The agency alleged that Shahid is "one of several Indian contacts of Bhat" who have been in telephonic contact with him to receive the money transfer codes.

Commenting on the matter, a senior NIA officer said, "We have all the documents on money transfers as well as call details".

The case dates back to 2011 when the Delhi Police's special cell registered a case against Hizbul Mujahideen under sections 13, 17, 18, and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Salahuddin, the founder of United Jihad Council, was declared as specially designated global terrorist by the United States earlier this year.

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"Syed Shahid Yousuf, over the years, has been receiving and collecting funds through worldwide wire money transfer from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat alias Aijaz Magbool Bhat, member of HM, an absconder in the case", said NIA in a release.

Yusuf works as a village agriculture assistant in the Jammu & Kashmir government. "It is on the basis of this irrefutable evidence that we have gone ahead with Yusuf's arrest", said NIA official. The NIA has revealed that Yusuf had received money from Bhat to carry out terror activities in the Valley, the news reports said.

Two of the accused, Mohammad Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Bhat, are on the run and have been declared proclaimed offenders.

The money is said to have been sent in four instalments between 2011 and 2014.

The arrest of Salahuddin's son comes closely after the central government appointed a representative to initiate dialogue to find a solution to the problems in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

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