NIA Uncovers Geelani's 'Terror Calendar' Planning Black Day On India's Independence

| July 31 , 2017 , 16:31 IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is running a probe into terror funding in Kashmir, has uncovered a document that reveals Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's direct involvement in organising inciting events in the valley.

The NIA, in its raid on separatist leader Altaf Shah Funtoosh's residence, found a calendar which marks the plans for organising unrest situations in the Kashmir valley.

According to sources, the calendar contains elaborate plans to stage protest against the security forces in Kashmir in August. It includes plans for organising protests, calling support, blocking roads, demanding politician's resignation.

It even planned black flag protest on August 13, Celebrating Pakistan day on August 14 and even observing a Black day in Kashmir on the occasion of India's Independence day on August 15th.

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Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had raided the residence of a businessman close to hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in suspicions of routing funds for Pakistani terrorist groups.

An NIA spokesman said that the office and residence of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF) chairman, Devinder Singh Behal, a constituent of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat headed by Geelani, were searched in Jammu.

The NIA added that Behal is also a member of the legal cell of the separatist amalgam led by Geelani and a "close associate" of the Hurriyat hawk. He also attends the funeral processions of militants.

The spokesperson said, "The NIA is investigating his role as a courier as he is suspected to be involved in routing funds to separatist leaders from Pakistan-based handlers."

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The NIA had registered the case on May 30, accusing separatist and secessionist leaders of being in cahoots with terrorist groups.

The case was registered over raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including through hawala channels, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in the state and for causing disruption in the Valley by pelting security forces with stones, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.