June 2002 News

Geelani, son-in-law held under Pota

8 June 2002
The Times of India

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Former Hurriyat Conference chairman and firebrand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his son-in-law were arrested in Kashmir under Pota on Sunday, Director General of Police, A K Suri said. The arrests followed raids at his premises and of some others at nine places in the Kashmir Valley and two places in New Delhi by IT department and Jammu and Kashmir police in connection with overseas funding of militant outfits through him. Geelani was arrested and sent to Central Jail Ranchi, Jharkhand, Suri said. The raids were carried out around 5 am at the premises of Geelani, his son-in-law Altaf Fantoosh, women''s separatist outfit Dukhtran-e- Millat chief Asiya Indrabi and one Abdul Rashid Saraf in Srinagar and Baramulla districts. The police chief said during the search at Hyderpora premises of Geelani Rs 10.25 lakh in cash, $10,000, vouchers relating to purchase of large number of jewellery items, documents regarding purchase of two properties in Rawalpora on Srinagar airport road were seized. One diamond studded watch with the inscription ''From Pakistan government'', one Tata Sumo and two Ambassador cars purchased out of unaccounted sources were also recovered from Geelani''s residence, Suri said. Geelani, in his returns filed in the last two years, had shown he received a monthly pension of Rs 7,100 per month from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for being a former MLA and Rs 10,000 as agriculture income, the DGP said. Suri said approximate household monthly expense of Geelani worked out to Rs 1.5 lakh and he maintained 14 servants who were paid Rs 2,000 each per month. Geelani''s wife on interrogation revealed she was given Rs 25,000 per month for kitchen expenses, the DGP said. On being asked about the ownership of the Hyderpora house, Geelani''s wife said it was on rent, but did not specify the rent amount and to whom it was being paid to. Suri said Geelani has several bank accounts and lockers which were investigated. Two computers with details of transactions and list of militants and secessionist propaganda literature were also recovered from Geelani house, he said. The raids follow interrogation of a journalist Imtiyaz Bazaz and reports that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin had been sending money to his commanders in the state through UK-based Kashmiri expatriate Ayub Thakur and Geelani, Suri said.


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