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Hizbul Mujahideen chief's Eldest son Shakeel arrested in terror-funding case

Terror group Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son Shakeel was arrested in Srinagar on Thursday morning in the terror funding case, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesman said.

A team of NIA, along with personnel of the Central Reserve Police and the local police, arrested Shakeel from his Rambagh residence, the spokesman said.

Shakeel works as a technician at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura.

He was allegedly receiving money from his father, a globally wanted terrorist.

The NIA team, along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police caught Shakeel, the second son of Syed Salahuddin.

Another son of the Hizbul chief, Syed Shahid Yousuf, was arrested in June.

Shahid Yousuf was working with the Jammu and Kashmir agricultural department when he was arrested. He was placed under suspension by the department.

The NIA alleged that Shakeel received funds through a US-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused who is missing and is believed to be in Saudi Arabia.

Shakeel was "one of several Indian contacts" of Bhat, who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes, said an official.

The NIA had in May 2017 launched a probe against unnamed leaders of the separatist umbrella group All Parties Hurriyat Conference, and leaders and members of three terror outfits - the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) and Dukhtaran-e-Millat - on suspicion of getting funds from LeT patron Hafiz Mohammed Saeed to fuel violence in the Valley, including incidents of stone pelting.

The agency in January this year charged seven middle-ranking separatists - Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah, Hurriyat (Mirwaiz Umar Farooq faction) media adviser and strategist Aftab Ahmad Shah, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, prominent Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali; and militant leaders Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and Syed Salahuddin. The NIA however didn't question Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq or any of the top separatists in the case.

Out of them, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Aftab Ahmed Shah, Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah were arrested in July 2017 and are in jail. Watali was also arrested in August and two alleged stone pelters - Kamran and Javed Ahmed Bhat - in September.

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