NIA to question two Kashmiri separatists today
The National Investigation Agency is expected to question Farooq Ahmed Dar and Javed Ahmed Baba over funding of last year’s unrest in the Kashmir Valleyindia Updated: May 29, 2017 12:05 IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is on Monday expected to question two Kashmiri separatists in a probe into the funding of subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Former militant and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar, alias Bitta Karate, and Javed Ahmed Baba of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat were asked to be present at the anti-terror agency’s headquarters in Delhi, officials said on Sunday.
The NIA on May 19 filed a preliminary enquiry to probe the funding of last year’s unrest in the Valley that saw heavy stone-pelting, burning of schools and other government buildings.
The two were asked to bring along details of their bank accounts and property papers, sources said.
A preliminary enquiry is an initial probe that determines if a case needs further investigation.
Kashmir was rocked by violent street protests after a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Burhan Wani, was killed in a gunfight with security forces on July 8.
More than 100 people, most of them civilians, were killed in clashes with security forces amid rolling curfew and prolonged shutdowns called by the separatist Hurriyat Conference.
The separatists have been accused to secretly receiving funds from Pakistan to stoke trouble in the Valley.
Stone-pelting has emerged as a security concern. Security forces says locals rush to sites of gun battle and throw stones at soldiers to create a diversion to help militants escape.