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Shabir Shah, separatist leader arrested by Enforcement Directorate

Shabir Shah, separatist leader arrested by Enforcement Directorate
Written by Ravleen Chawla

Separatist leader, Shabir Shah detained by Enforcement Directorate today in link with the alleged terror financing case. As per Officials Shabir Shah who heads the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, was arrested in Srinagar and is likely to be brought to Delhi tomorrow and would be produced in a court.

Enforcement Directorate had previously issued numerous summons to Shah in pursuance of the August 2005 case, in which the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had detained Mohammed Aslam Wani, a so-called hawala dealer, who had stated that he passed on 2.25 crore rupees to Shah.

Hurriyat leaders counting Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as well as Syed Ali Shah Geelani are by now under house arrest whereas Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik is also under arrest. In the meantime, a shutdown call of the Hurriyat next to the arrest of seven separatist leaders induced a mixed rejoinder today, even as the authorities forced curfew like precincts in the city.

The NIA, which was set up to search terror cases following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, utters it has confirmation that seven Hurriyat Conference separatists used funds got through hawala from Pakistan to reimburse natives to burn schools and throw stones throughout protests in the Kashmir Valley since the previous year, fuelling conflict.

Previously Shah had told media that the ED case adjacent to him was “politically motivated”. The ED had registered a criminal case underneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) aligned with Shah and Wani.

Wani was in detention purportedly with 63 lakh rupees, received throughout ‘hawala’ channels from the Middle East, and an extensive collection of ammunition, on  26th August 2005. Throughout inquiring, he had told the police that 50 lakh rupees were to be delivered to Shah as well as 10 lakh rupees to Jaish-e-Mohammad district commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar and that the rest was his costs. Wani, who calls from Srinagar, had also stated that he delivered approximately 2.25 crore rupees to Shah plus his kin in multiple instalments over the precedent year.

 

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