November 2007 News

Suspect Hurriyat Leader Had Used Hawala Route

6 November 2007
The Times of India

New Delhi: Authorities are questioning Hurriyat leader G M Bhat, an associate of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and two of his accomplices in connection with the recent Ajmer blast. Sources said strong pointers to the Hurriyat leader's links with terror fund managers have emerged after raids were carried out on his residences in Delhi and Srinagar. Working on a tip off from IB, the J&K Police worked with the Army to nab the duo in Udhampur. The Delhi Police has also been roped in for the investigations. Bhat, after his return from Dubai 15 days ago, had allegedly given the money to the duo and had asked them to deliver it at his residence in Srinagar. Bhat is also believed to have told his interrogators that he was working at the behest of Geelani, and the money was actually meant for him. Hurriyat leaders, who have been accused of furthering Pakistan's agenda, have often been caught with money allegedly routed through hawala operators. Sources said Delhi Police conducted raids at Bhat's Delhi residence and seized two laptops which had details of the Hurriyat leader's connections in Pakistan and Middle-East. Bhat's son, Mohsin, was also picked up by sleuths during the raids on Monday at their Delhi residence at Nadira Apartment in Okhla. During interrogation of the accused, it was revealed that Jamali had delivered many such cash consignments to the Valley and had been associated with several separatist leaders who had been receiving funds from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The police are believed to have also recovered half-a-dozen mobile phones from Jamali.


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