Witness Says Police Seized Money From Hurriyat Activist
6 September 2003
The Asian Age
New Delhi: A key witness told a Delhi court on Saturday that the police had seized money in his presence from Anjum Zamrooda Habib, the woman activist of Hurriyat charged under Pota for receiving money from the Pakistan high commission to fund the terrorist groups in the country. Narinder Singh, taxi driver, deposing as prosecution witness told special judge S.N. Dhingra that a police party had intercepted his taxi near Chanakyapuri and had recovered the money from the accused during the search. He said 30 bundles of Rs 100 notes and four bundles of Rs 500 notes were recovered from a big bag carried by the accused and from a small bag an air ticket, two photographs and some cash were found along with a diary. Identifying Habib in the court, the driver said he had picked her up from the gate of the Pakistan high commission and was going to drop her at Malviya Nagar in South Delhi when the incident occurred. He said on February 6 a telephone call was received for sending a taxi at the stand from the Pakistani high commission at 12.30 pm. Habib, leader of the Muslim Khawateen Markaz, a constituent of Hurriyat and Shabir Ahmad Dar of the Kashmir Awareness Bureau have been charged under Section 22 (2) and (3) (raising funds for terrorist activities) of Pota. The Delhi police had arrested Habib from outside the Pakistan high commission on February 6 and had claimed to have recovered over Rs 3 lakhs from her which they alleged was received from the Pakistan high commission to be distributed among terrorist outfits operating in the Kashmir Valley. Following her disclosure, Dar, who managed the affairs of Hurriyat's Kashmir Awareness Bureau here was arrested and Rs 2.15 lakh was seized from his possession. Later in the chargesheet filed in the case, the police pointed fingers at Hurriyat's former chairman Abdul Ghani Butt for using the duo to channel money from the then Pakistan deputy high commissioner Jaleel Abbas Jilani to various terrorist outfits.