Published On: Mon, Jul 31st, 2017

NIA recovers J&K ‘protest calendar’ issued by Syed Ali Shah Geelani

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recovered a detailed protest calendar issued and signed by Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, clearly pointing to the role of separatists in organising events in coordination with their handlers in Pakistan that had led to widespread violence in the Kashmir valley.

Of the 21 people, 17 are from Kasargode district in the northern tip of Kerala

NIA investigations clearly indicate that the protests, intended to fan radicalism

The National Investigation Agency has found documents that list dates and when protests and other activities related to unrest to be carried out in the Valley following the neutralising of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.

The recovery of ‘protest calendar’from Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah ‘Funtoosh’, establishes how systematically Hurriyat has stoked the violence that resulted in hundreds of injuries and several deaths in clashes between stone pelters and security forces in the valley.

The NIA investigations clearly indicate that the protests, intended to fan radicalism, involved local clerics and separatist cadres as well as activists of opposition parties and were funded by Hurriyat in concert with Pakistani agencies.

For example, on August 6, 2016, Geelani called for assembling and occupying local chowks and centres in the vicinity of mohallas, villages and localities and playing of Islamic and azadi taranas (songs) in masjids.

On the other hand, NIA on Sunday raided and questioned Devinder Singh Behal, who is a member of Hurriyat’s legal cell.

NIA spokesperson Inspector General Alok Mittal said Behal was “a close associate of a top Hurriyat leader and regularly attends funerals of terrorists”.

He said that the NIA is investigation Behal’s role as a “courier” as he is suspected to be involved in routing funds to separatist leaders from Pakistani based handlers.

During the searches on Behal’s house and office, NIA said it recovered four mobile phones, a tablet and other electronic devices and documents related to terror funding probe, financial documents and other articles.

 

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