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As the crackdown on Kashmiri separatist leaders continues, Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah was arrested in Srinagar by the Enforcement Directorate and is to be brought to Delhi in connection with a decade-old money laundering case.
The arrest of Shabir Shah comes days after 7 Kashmiri separatists were arrested by the National Investigation Agency on charges of terror financing. The 7 arrested separatists are to be questioned over the next 10 days, with the NIA expecting to find firm evidence connecting the activities with Hurriyat Conference hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
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Shabir Shah had been summoned by the ED several times for questioning in connection to the money laundering case against him and since he did not respond to the summons, a Delhi Court ordered his arrest earlier this month.
The probe on Shabir Shah was launched when Mohammed Aslam Wani, who was arrested by the Delhi Police in August 2005 with Rs 63 lakh in his possession, revealed during questioning that Rs 50 lakh was for Shabir Shah and that Rs 10 lakh was for Jaish-e-Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar. Wani further alleged that he had passed on nearly Rs 2.25 crore to Shabir Shah in the previous one year itself.
Shah meanwhile claimed that the allegations against him were politically motivated.
The NIA launched its probe into Hurriyat Conference separatists after it received intelligence that several separatists obtained money from Pakistan to pay people to burn schools and pelt stones during protests in the Kashmir Valley.