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Alleged ‘terror funding case’: Bail pleas of Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar to be heard on May 3

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Families of detained Hurriyat leaders voice concern over their ailments

Srinagar: Bail application of Shahid-ul-Islam the Spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) and Ayaz Akbar the Spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (G) will come up for hearing in the special NIA court at Patiala house on May 03.

Family sources while disclosing this to KNS revealed that the bail application will be heard by the court and a decision from the court is expected the same day. It is in place to mention here that both Shahid-ul-Islam and Ayaz Akbar were arrested on July 25 last year in connection the money laundering case taken up for investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Family sources also disclosed that the health condition of other two detainees Shabir Ahmad Shah the Democratic Freedom Party chairman and senior leader of Hurriyat Conference (G) and Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Funtoosh another leader of Hurriyat Conference (G) along with Shahid-ul-Islam presently lodged in Tihar jail Delhi is worsening. Family sources also said that the jailed leaders have turned diabetic and suffer from hypertension as well.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on January 18 filed charges under stringent anti-terror laws against the jailed hurriyat leaders for allegedly conspiring with Saeed and Salahuddin to wage war against India and secede Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA also charged businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, freelance photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and Kulgam youth Javed Ahmed Bhat.

Bhat and Yousuf of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir were arrested on September 5 last year while Watali was arrested on August 17.

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The court in New Delhi in February had accepted framing of charges against seven Hurriyat leaders, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who are accused of stoking unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

The court, after taking cognisance of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) directed the probe agency to supply the copies of the charge sheet to the accused. The court had listed the matter hearing on March 8.

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In March, the court had granted bail to the second accused, Javed Bhat, in the alleged terror funding case, after photo journalist Kamran Yousuf.

Bhat was arrested by the NIA on September 5, 2017, for alleged involvement in “anti-national” and “stone pelting” activities. The NIA has alleged that his location was found to be near various encounters sites where stone-pelting activities were reported.


(With inputs from KNS)

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