NIA to quiz trade body chief, Kashmir university scholar in terror funding case
A Kashmir trade body chief and a university scholar will be quizzed for the first time by the NIA in the terror funding case on Monday.Updated: Sep 23, 2017 18:04 IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned a prominent trade association leader of Kashmir and a research scholar at the Kashmir University (KU) in connection with the ongoing probe into alleged funding of anti-national activities in the strife-torn Valley.
Mohammad Yasin Khan, who heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), and Aala Fazili, a research scholar at the pharmaceutical sciences department of KU, are scheduled to appear at NIA headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.
Khan and Fazili both confirmed to HT that they have received the summons and said they have been asked to report at 11am on Monday at the NIA office in New Delhi.
The KTMF and KEA have said summons to Khan was an attack on traders of the Valley and have called for a Kashmir bandh on Monday. Major markets across the valley are expected to remain shut on Monday.
The NIA has also summoned Syed Naseem Geelani, son of hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani for another round of questioning on Monday.
These summons come at a time when the NIA has arrested seven separatist leaders and two alleged stone-pelters from Kashmir and conducted several raids in the case of alleged funding of anti-national activities in the Valley.
Most of the arrested are close aides of Geelani and moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, including Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah. Of the two alleged stone pelters one is a freelance photo journalist in south Kashmir.