NIA Custody of 3 Hurriyat Leaders Extended

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New Delhi—A court on Friday extended the judicial custody of three Hurriyat leaders arrested on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan, till 27 September.

During the in-camera proceedings, District Judge Poonam Bambaba extended the custody of Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate after they were presented before the court on expiry of their 28-day judicial custody.

The court had on Monday also extended the judicial custody of other four Hurriyat leaders — Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah — till 27 September.

On 24 July, the National Investigation Agency had arrested seven key Hurriyat leaders – Nayeem Khan, Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Hilali Shah and Khandey from Srinagar and Bitta Karate in Delhi.

They were booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of  Hurriyat-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat- M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

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