NIA questions Salahuddin’s family in Srinagar

National Investigation Agency (NIA) Wednesday questioned the family members of United Jehad Council (UJC) chief, Syed Salahuddin in connection with a seven-year-old alleged funding case under which one of the family members is already under NIA arrest.

One of the family members of Salahuddin told Rising Kashmir that seven members of the family were summoned by NIA officials for questioning in Srinagar in connection with the NIA case registered in 2011.
“Seven of our family members received summons individually from NIA,” said a family member, Dr Syed Omar.
Salahuddin’s family members received the summons from local police on Tuesday and their questioning took place in NIA office at Humhama in Srinagar today.

The summons was issued to the family by NIA Superintendent of Police, Ajeet Singh to appear for questioning.
Those who were summoned and questioned include Salahuddin’s four sons Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Syed Javid, Dr Abdul Wahid and Syed Muheed. The brother-in-law of Shahid Yousuf, Syed Omar Farooq and his brother Syed Khalid and Salahuddin’s grandson Syed Muzamil were also questioned.

“We were asked to appear for questioning at 10 am and the quizzing concluded at 6:30 pm,” said a family member.
He said the NIA officials asked questions about “funding” only and the family was not asked to appear before NIA again.

On October 24 last year, Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf was arrested by NIA in a case RC 06/2011/NIA/DLI regarding the alleged financing of Hizbul Mujahideen under Sections 13, 17, 18 and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
NIA had accused Shahid of receiving and collecting funds through International wire money transfer from Saudi Arabia.
Shahid, a post graduate in Agriculture was working in the Agriculture Department as Village Agriculture Extension Assistant at Soibugh, Budgam since 2013.
The Hizb chief’s family alleged that NIA was using the “tactics” to pressurize Syed Salahuddin.
“They (NIA) want to pressurize Salahuddin through family. But, he is not the man to come under their pressure. He left home some 35 years ago and won’t succumb under pressure,” said a family member, wishing not to be named.
Earlier, the investigating agency had filed two charge sheets against six accused persons — four of whom are facing trial and are in judicial custody while two are absconding.
Besides Shahid, Ghulam Mohammed Bhat son of Jalaluddin Bhat of Zakoora Malabag, Srinagar; businessman Mohammad Sidiq Ganai son of Ghulam Rasool Ganai of Hatishah Sopore; Medical Representative Ghulam Jeelani Liloo son of Abdul Khalique Liloo of Baba Yousuf Sopore and Farooq Ahmed Dagga son of Ghulam Mohd Dagga of Kupwara are in custody.
The two absconders are businessmen Mohammad Maqbool Pandit son of Mohammad Ramzan Pandit of Pattan, Baramulla and Aijaz Ahmed Bhat son of Mohammad Abdullah Bhat of Shergari, Srinagar.

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