NIA team in Srinagar to probe ‘fund transfer to separatists’

“Our team is already in Srinagar in this connection,” Mittal said. The investigation has been launched two days after a news channel broadcast a “sting operation” claiming some separatist leaders confessed to receiving funds from Pakistan.

Shabir Ibn Yusuf
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 20 2017 12:09AM | Updated Date: May 20 2017 12:09AM
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has started a Preliminary Enquiry into the alleged transfer of funds to some separatist leaders in Kashmir, inspector general of police NIA Alok Mittal told Greater Kashmir.

“Our team is already in Srinagar in this connection,” Mittal said. The investigation has been launched two days after a news channel broadcast a “sting operation” claiming some separatist leaders confessed to receiving funds from Pakistan.

 Meanwhile, senior resistance leader Bitta Karate has been summoned by Humhama police station for questioning in this connection.

The NIA team that arrived in Srinagar is, according to a senior NIA official, headed by Additional Director General VSK Kaumudi and the other members include one Deputy Inspector General and two Superintendents of Police. The team landed in Srinagar on Thursday evening.

 “There have been some media reports about money transaction by some separatists leaders. The team will look into the facts,” The team might question some suspected people in the separatist camp,” the official said without naming any leader.

He said an FIR would be registered only once the team finds some evidence, which is “only possible after Preliminary Enquiry is completed.”

Earlier, the NIA has investigated the alleged funds transaction through “Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Fund Trust” in Kashmir and the case still under investigation.

In August last year, the NIA had summoned and quizzed some separatist leaders in Kashmir. Earlier this year, the NIA had also questioned several cross LoC traders in Kashmir who were suspected of money laundering. The case is still under investigation.