The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday, August 30, arrested Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Sallahuddin’s second son, Shakeel Yousuf, in a 2011 case pertaining to terror funding, media reports said.
His older son Syed Shahid Yousuf was arrested by the agency in October last year in the same case.
Shakeel Yousuf’s father is Pakistan-based Mohammed Yusuf Shah, better known as Syed Salahuddin, who is the Supreme Commander of J-K’s largest indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. He is also the chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella group of militant outfits operating in the valley. Salahuddin was declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US Department of State.
Yousuf was arrested in Srinagar this morning, said reports quoting NIA spokesperson. “In an Operation today (Thursday) morning NIA team, along with CRPF and local police, arrested Shakeel son of Syed Salahuddin from Rambagh Srinagar,” the spokesperson said.
Shakeel Yousuf was summoned in July this year and a non-bailable warrant was issued when he refused to appear before the agency. “Shakeel was summoned thrice by NIA but he did not turn up. There are questions about foreign remittance made to his account,” said an NIA official.
Shakeel Yousuf, the second son of the globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, worked in the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences and he is the second son of Salahuddin to be be arrested.
Last year his elder brother Shaheed Yousuf, an employee of Agricultural department in Kashmir, was also arrested by NIA in the terror funding case.
In April 2011, NIA registered FIR alleging transfer of money from Pakistan to Kashmir using hawala channels in Delhi. The NIA believes the money was used to fund terrorism and secessionist activities in the valley.
As per NIA, Shahid was receiving funds via a US-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is absconding and known to be based in Saudi Arabia.
The agency alleged Shakeel was “one of several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes
The NIA has so far filed two charge sheets against six people including GM Bhat, a close aide of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammed Siddiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga, say media reports. All four are in judicial custody
Two others — Mohammed Maqbool Pandit and Bhat — were also charge sheeted by the NIA but are absconding. An Interpol Red Corner notice has been issued against them.
The NIA had also registered two other cases related to terror funding — one in November 2011 and the other in May this year.
The agency had filed a charge sheet against 10 people including Syed Salahuddin in the April 2011 case.
In the recent case, the NIA arrested 10 people including some close relatives and aides of Geelani.