NIA chargesheets Hizbul chief Salahuddin, to send judicial request to Pak for his arrest

SalahuddinNIA declares Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a proclaimed offender. (IE Photo: Muzamil Jaleel)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will be soon sending a judicial request to Pakistan for the arrest of Syed Salahuddin, the self-styled chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, as the agency declared him a proclaimed offender and chargesheeted him for pumping money into Jammu and Kashmir for financing terror activities.

After two years of investigation, the NIA named Syed Salahuddin and nine others in a chargesheet filed before a Delhi court on Saturday. The NIA said they have received permission from the government to send Letters Rogatory (LR) to Pakistan asking the authorities to arrest Salahuddin, who has taken shelter in Pakistan since 1989, and seven others who have been named as proclaimed offenders in the chargesheet. A non-bailable warrant has already been issued against Salahuddin by a NIA court.

Besides Salahuddin, the NIA has named Hizbul deputy commander Gulam Nabi Khan, a resident of J&K, now based in Pakistan.

The agency, however, was unable to show the transfer of nearly Rs 80 crore by Hizbul to J&K for terror activities as alleged in its FIR in 2011. The agency in its chargseheet said only Rs 13 crore were collected and distributed for carrying out terror activities in the Valley under the cover of an organisation, Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust (JKART). During the investigation, the flow of money raised and distributed by Hizbul were established and it was found that money had been pumped through cross border trade at Uri, cash couriers and normal banking channels besides the routine hawala route, said officials.

The NIA said that its probe found that the accused Mohd Shafi Shah alias Dawood, who has been arrested, had allegedly collected Rs 13 crore and distributed it for carrying out terrorist activities at the behest of Hizbul Mujahideen.

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