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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered preliminary inquiry into funding of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and a team of officials from NewDelhi arrived here on Friday to probe the alleged funding of separatist leaders from across the border.
A spokesman of NIA said the agency has registered a preliminary inquiry into the funding of Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bita Karate, GaziJaved Baba and others in J&K by Hafiz Saeed and other Pakistan-based militants and agencies to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir and damage public property, stone pelting on the security forces, burning of schools and other government establishments.
The NIA has taken cognizance of the news item related to the recording of conversations between the reporter and separatist leaders, he said.
“The probe has just begun. The NIA team arrived in Srinagar in the morning to probe the Hurriyat leaders funding,” the NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Rising Kashmir over phone from New Delhi.
The NIA team is headed by ADG VarunSindhuKulKaumudi.
Asked whether the NIA team will quiz the Hurriyat leaders, Mittal said, “Whatever is required for conducting the probe, will be done.”
The probe was started after New Delhi-based television channel aired videos of separatist leaders Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bita Karate, GaziJaved Baba purportedly acknowledging receiving funds from Pakistan government, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other agencies for fomenting trouble and unrest in the Valley.
Sources said NIA, which handles high-profile cases related to national security, could question Nayeem, Farooq and Gazi, who had confessed in the video of receiving funds from Pakistan.
They said Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, may also be quizzed by the NIA team.
Mittal said NIA has written to the Television channel and sought videotapes of separatist leaders acknowledging receiving funds from Pakistan.
He said J&K police will also be helping them in the investigation.
IGP Kashmir, Muneer Khan, told Rising Kashmir that police have started verifying the reports of alleged Hurriyat funding.
“We have started verifying the reports,” he said.
On August 2016, NIA had summoned Geelani’s son Nayeem Zafar Geelani for questioning him regarding investigation into foreign funds allegedly being used to finance protests in Kashmir.