Enforcement Directorate arrests Shabir Shah, being flown to Delhi

Srinagar: Secretary General of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani, Shabir Shah, is being flown to Delhi on Wednesday following his arrest by Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials here on Tuesday.

Police sources said ED officials “executed a non-bailable warrant issued against Shah by a Delhi court”.

Shah was shifted from his uptown Sanat Nagar residence to Humhama police station in Budgam district on Tuesday evening.

He was to reach Delhi on Wednesday morning, reports said.

“The arrest followed disclosures by hawala dealer Muhammad Aslam Wani, who has admitted having passed on hawala money worth Rs 2.25 crore to Shah,” reports said.

Seven separatist leaders, arrested on Monday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), were produced before the designate National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Delhi on Tuesday.

The court remanded the accused to NIA custody for 10 days for custodial interrogation in connection with a funding case being investigated by the agency.

Last night on Tuesday, a spokesperson of his Democratic Freedom Party said a police party from Police Station Sadder came to Shah’s Sanat Nagar residence where he was under house arrest and told him to accompany them for one hour.

After enquiring, the spokesperson said, they got to know that Shah has been taken to the Humhama guest house.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had given a call for complete strike/shutdown on July 25 to protest the ‘revengeful arbitrary and illegal arrests’ of Hurriyat leaders.

Reacting sharply over arrests conducted by the NIA and producing them in New Delhi court, the Hurriyat said that Indian government “is frustrated to the extent that they frame and raid residences of pro-freedom leaders and activists on the pre-planned psychological crackdown, so that they surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation, thereby covering and shielding their atrocities and barbarism against common and unarmed people.”

On June 29, last month the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had failed to find any evidence in regard to the alleged terror funding by the Hurriyat Leaders and the case is “as good as closed”, reported The Indian Express.

(With inputs from IANS)

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