November 2007 News

Financial Brain Of Hurriyat Jumps Parole

18 November 2007

New Delhi: In a major faux pas, alleged hawala operator Nasir Safi Mir, who is claimed to have been the 'financial brain' behind Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, has jumped parole and is understood to have fled the country. Mir, against whom a Delhi Court has issued a non-bailable warrant, was arrested by Delhi Police in February last year while ferrying Rs 55 lakh from a Delhi-based jeweller along with some explosives, was out on parole following repeated requests made by Mir's family to the court citing medical problems. The Dubai-based Mir, who owns up carpet showroom and money exchange firms in Gulf, had been regularly reporting to the nearest police station till earlier this month when he did not turn up either at the police station or at the court on the day of the hearing on his case. 37- year-old Mir, who was considered as a prize catch by the Delhi Police following a well-executed operation by central security agencies, was all of a sudden missing prompting the court to issue a non-bailable warrant against him. Simultaneous raids at various places including that of a Kashmiri businessman based in Delhi and that of a Srinagar- based hotelier got no results. Inputs from various quarters suggested that he had fled either through Nepal or had managed a different passport to flee the country. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar confirmed that Mir had jumped parole and that his surety had been since forfeited. According to the police files, Mir was last spotted publicly with Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in a five-star hotel in South Delhi last month. Sources close to the government also claimed that the Hurriyat Chairman had taken up the issue of release of Mir as one of the pre-conditions for entering into a dialogue with the Centre which was communicated through a Union Minister to the Centre. Repeated efforts to reach the Mirwaiz for his reaction did not succeed. The sources said that a Srinagar-based hotelier had also lobbied for a parole for Mir. During his interrogation, Mir had allegedly told the cops that the money was meant for the Mirwaiz and also claimed to have spilled beans about huge investments made by the Hurriyat chairman in Dubai, they said. Mir, during his custodial interrogation, had alleged that the Mirwaiz had made certain investments in buying shopping spaces in Dubai besides investing in his (Mir's) money exchange business, the sources claimed. Mir, whose father was picked up in 2001 for funding militant groups in Kashmir valley, has claimed the money was part of the payment that 'some officials in Pakistan had promised to the Mirwaiz for keeping his flock together in Srinagar.' He had also claimed that he used to look after the foreign trips of the Mirwaiz.


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