JK Police Helped NIA Arrest Hurriyat Leaders : DGP

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Srinagar: – The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said that it didn’t create any hurdles in NIA’s (National Investigating Agency) raid on Hurriyat leaders, instead it has supported them in arresting the leaders in Kashmir.

Director General of Police, Dr. Shesh Paul Vaid denied rumours that  local police tried to hamper arrest and transfer of Hurriyat leaders to Delhi by the NIA saying, that all the law enforcing agencies work in tandem in Kashmir”.

“All law enforcement agencies work in unison. We did support NIA when raids were conducted. J&K Police was with them” DGP Vaid said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here on Friday.

Earlier media reports had suggested that the state police tried to stop NIA from flying out Hurriyat leaders after their arrest.

Reports said, as the NIA sleuths were to fly the separatists, Srinagar police officers reached the Srinagar airport and tried to stop their transfer. It was only after intervention by the Union Home Ministry that the Hurriyat leaders were shifted to Delhi.

NIA has arrested seven Hurriyat leaders on Monday for their alleged role in “creating unrest” in the Kashmir valley.

Those arrested are Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Aiyaz Akbar Khandey and Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Fantosh, the son-in-law of Hurriyat (G) leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

They were sent to 10-day NIA custody by a New Delhi court.

Earlier in the day, Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah was also sent to a 7-day enforcement directorate custody by the Patiala House Court.

The NIA has also said that the top Hurriyat leadership including Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik could also be arrested, if needed.

Widening its probe, the NIA on Thursday issued summons to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s elder son Nayeem Geelani, asking him to appear before it for questioning on Monday in connection with its probe in the alleged terror funding case.

The state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA.

The NIA DG sent two Inspector General’s (IG) – Anil Shukla the supervising officer in the case and senior officer GP Singh – to coordinate the arrest in Srinagar. The duo were leading a team of at least 25 people, with 4 SP-rank officers. 

ON AL-QAEDA ANNOUNCEMENT

Top cop played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit.

Musa had recently broken ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.

“A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here.

He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda.

Earlier, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda.

“No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said.

Asked about Salahuddin’s statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves.

The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added.

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