June 2002 News

India may seek Thukar''s deportation

9 June 2002
The Hindu

NEW DELHI: As the probe into the channelling of finances from Pakistan''s Inter- Services Intelligence through the U.K.-based Kashmiri expatriate, Ayub Thukar, unearths the racket involving the alleged funding of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, India could seek Dr. Thukar''s deportation, sources said. In fact, Dr. Thukar''s name first came up way back in 1991-92 when the Jain diaries were seized and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) stumbled upon a London-based source of funds. The source was traced to Dr. Thukar, who is the president of the U.K.-based World Kashmir Freedom Movement. The case pertained to the Chandni Mahal police station in the walled city here, which ultimately led to the arrest of Shahabuddin Ghauri, a research student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The case was handed over to the CBI and Dr. Thukar was named as an absconding accused. Sources said the CBI had got an Interpol alert issued against him in 1992-93 and the agency would have to look into its records again in the wake of fresh developments. A Red Corner notice against Dr. Thukar could also be revived and his arrest in London could take place on this basis. Any request for Dr. Thukar''s deportation would have to be routed through the CBI. The evidence gathered by the investigation agencies would have to be sent to London through diplomatic channels. Sources said that Dr. Thukar''s Indian passport had not been renewed and that details were being culled out to see how and when it had been issued. Dr. Thukar''s alleged involvement in funding militancy in Jammu and Kashmir came to light following the arrest of a Srinagar-based journalist, Imtiaz Ahmad Bazaz, along with two of his associates last week.


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