Jammu & Kashmir

NIA seizes properties of Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin’s sons in JK

Muhammad Yusuf Shah aka Syed Salahuddin. [File Photo]

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency of India on Monday seized two properties of the sons of designated militant Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah @ Syed Salahudeen, the self-styled Supreme Commander of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC).

In a statement, the NIA said that the immovable properties of Shahid Yusuf and Syed Ahmed Shakeel, located in Kashmir – in Soibugh Tehsil, Distt. Budgam and Nursing Garh, Mohalla Ram Bagh, have been seized under section 33(1) of UA( P) Act.

The spokesman further stated that both Shahid Yusuf and Syed Ahmed Shakeel are lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail since their arrest in October 2017 and August 2018. They were chargesheeted on 20th April 2018 and 20th November 2018, respectively. The duo had been receiving funds from abroad from the associates of their father and overground workers of HM.

Syed Salahuddin, who had fled to Pakistan in 1993, was designated as an individual militant by India in October 2020. He continues to operate from Pakistan, from where he is guiding and instructing HUM cadres as well as activists of UJC, also known as Muttahida Jihad Council (MJC) which is a conglomerate of around 13 Pakistan-based Kashmir centric militant outfits, he said.

Besides instigating and operationalising militant activities in India, primarily in Kashmir valley, Syed Salahuddin has been raising funds and routing finances to India through trade routes, Hawala channels, and international money transfer channels for furthering the militant activities of HM cadres, he said.

The NIA launched investigations in November 2011 into the criminal conspiracy to raise/collect/provide funds to commit militant acts and distribute funds among the militant groups and their sympathizers in Jammu and Kashmir for the purpose of committing militant acts. The Special Cell of Delhi Police had initially registered a case in January 2011 and the case was subsequently taken over by NIA. Chargesheets as well as Supplementary Chargesheets were filed against eight accused in the case, including in 2011 and 2018, he said.

NIA has been cracking down on militant funding machinery in a bid to dismantle the militant financing ecosystem operating in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of individuals based in Pakistan and other countries. On Monday itself, the agency had also seized six shops in Awantipora in a case relating to a 2018 attack on CRPF Group Centre at Lethpora, JK. Some land, including a house, belonging to the father of one of the accused was also attached in the same case in September 2020. In 2021, NIA had attached residential properties belonging to the kin of two accused in the case of the militant attack on CRPF Convoy at Lethpora, Pulwama. Another residential property has also been attached by NIA in the case relating to the killing of two brothers (Anil Parihar and Ajit Parihar), reads the statement.

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