Alleged terror funding case: Salahuddin’s son sent to 7-day NIA custody

New Delhi: United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf has been sent to a seven day NIA custody by a court in New Delhi.

Yousuf was arrested by the NIA on Tuesday in connection with the alleged ‘terror funding’ case. He is being accused of receiving money from his father in 2011.

According to the agency, 42-year-old Shahid, who works in the agricultural department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, was summoned to the agency’s headquarters where he was arrested after questioning on Tuesday.

The NIA alleged that Shahid used to receive funds through a US-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is absconding and is reported to be based in Saudi Arabia.

The agency has alleged that Shahid was “one of several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes.

The NIA has claimed that so far Shahid has received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers.

The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi.

NIA has been carrying out raids in the valley related to the terror funding case and has so far arrested seven Hurriyat leaders including the Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s son.

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