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NIA Arrests Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin's Son In Terror Funding Case

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| October 24 , 2017 , 14:43 IST

In connection with the 2011 terror funding case, the NIA on Tuesday arrested the son of militant group Hizbul Mujahideen's chief Syed Salahuddin, Syed Shahid Yusuf, who is currently working as a Jammu and Kashmir state government employee.

According to reports, Yusuf was found to be in contact with Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, a Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen operative, also an accused in the case, and had received money from Bhat to allegedly fund terrorist activities in Kashmir.

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Sources revealed that Yusuf had accepted money transfers from Bhat through Western Union and that money was sent to Yusuf in 4 installments in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 to fund the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group's terrorist activities in Kashmir.

The NIA was able to recover documents confirming the fund transfers as well as several call records of conversations taking place between Yusuf and Bhat regarding the money transfers.

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"We have all the documents on money transfers as well as call details. It is on the basis of this irrefutable evidence that we have gone ahead with Yusuf's arrest," said a senior NIA officer.

Syed Shahid Yusuf, working with the agriculture department of Jammu and Kashmir as a village agriculture extension assistant, was called to the NIA office for questioning on Tuesday and was arrested soon after.

Four others accused in the 2011 terror funding case, Ghulam Mohd Bhat, Mohd Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmad Dagga are currently interred in the Tihar Jail, while two others Mohammad Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmad Bhat are on the run.