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NIA To Ask Geelani's Son To Join Probe Into Terror Funding In Kashmir

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| July 31 , 2017 , 17:01 IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is looking to turn one of the seven accused, arrested on charges in terror funding case for allegedly taking money from Pakistan for inducing violence in Kashmir valley, into an approver in the case.

A senior NIA official said, “We are working in this direction on one of the accused. The accused who turns approver will be given pardon by the court if his confession is found honest and truthful. An approver will give us a firm legal footing in the case, corroborate witness statements and technical evidence to prove our case.”

The agency has asked Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son Nayeem to join the investigation in Delhi on Monday. Nayeem has also been asked to join the probe earlier as well.

NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal, in a formal statement, said, "Behal’s JKSPF is a constituent of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani."

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It added that he is a member of the legal cell of the Hurriyat saying, "He is a close associate of a top Hurriyat leader and regularly attends funerals of militants. The NIA is investigating his role as a courier as he is suspected to be involved in routing funds to the separatist leaders from Pakistan-based handlers."

Earlier NIA had conducted various searches at the premises of Geelani's close aide Devender Singh Behal in Jammu. During the searches, NIA had recovered four mobile phones, a tablet along with other electronic devices and incriminating documents.

An NIA sleuth had also questioned Behal at the time of searches.

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