NIA arrests Malik, gets 13-day remand

The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Muhammad Yasin Malik in a funding case.

NIA inspector general of police Alok Mittal said Malik was brought from

Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, where he has been detained under the Public Safety Act, and produced before the NIA Special Court on Wednesday against a production warrant.

He added that the NIA court has granted NIA Malik’s custody for 13 days.

Mittal, who is also spokesman of the NIA, said that he will now be produced before the NIA Special Court, Patiala House Court, New Delhi, on April 22.

In the funding case it registered in 2017, the NIA has arrested seven separatist leaders, including Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat’s Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar and Mehrajuddin Kalwal; Shahid-ul-Islam, who is from the Mirwaiz faction of the Hurriyat, and Nayeem Khan of the Jammu Kashmir National Front.

Zahoor Ahmad Watali, businessman and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karatay are also lodged in Tihar jail in the same case.

The case also names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, as an accused.

It names organisations such as Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.