September 2017 News

NIA Grills KTMF Prez, KU Scholar For 2nd Day In Delhi

26 September 2017
Rising Kashmir
Javid Ahmad

Srinagar: For the second consecutive day on Tuesday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) questioned Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Mohammad Yasin Khan and research scholar of Kashmir University, Aala Fizili in New Delhi in connection with the ongoing probe into funding of separatists and unrest in the Valley. Khan, who is also chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Fazili, a research scholar at pharmaceutical sciences department of Kashmir University, were questioned for second day at NIA headquarters in New Delhi by the sleuths of the investigation agency. Sources said Khan was questioned whether the traders were receiving funds for following separatist-sponsored shutdown in the Valley. 'He was questioned whether traders were getting money for observing shutdowns and protests in Valley on call of separatists,' they said. KTMF media-in charge, Farhan Kitab told Rising Kashmir that Khan's questioning resumed at 11 am on Tuesday and continued till late evening. 'He was questioned till late evening and asked to come again for questioning tomorrow,' he said. On Monday, NIA sleuths had questioned Khan for seven hours from 11 am to 6 pm. 'The NIA sleuths questioned Khan about his family and business profile. He was also questioned about the trade organisation and its members,' Kitab said. According to sources, NIA suspects that protests in Valley and student protests in April this year were financed by separatists. They said KU scholar Fazili, who gave many speeches during protest demonstrations and led some funeral prayers in absentia for militants in Kashmir University in the past, was questioned to know whether students participating in student protests in April this year were paid. NIA had summoned Khan and Fazili last Friday and the duo had rushed to New Delhi to appear before NIA investigators for questioning. Seven separatist leaders, one businessman, two youth including a photo journalist and a Sikh lawyer from Jammu have been arrested by NIA so far in connection with the case against unnamed Hurriyat leaders, all-woman separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat and militant outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba for getting money from various illegal sources from across the border.

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