Court ex­tends cus­tody of 2 J&K stone-pel­ters

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION HINDUSTANTIMES -

NEW DELHI: The Pa­tiala House Court on Satur­day ex­tended the po­lice cus­tody of the two stone pel­ters ar­rested by the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) from Jammu and Kash­mir.

The NIA had asked for an ex­ten­sion of cus­tody for seven days, but the court granted only four days.

The agency had ar­rested two no­to­ri­ous stone pel­ters from J&K ear­lier in Septem­ber as a part of on­go­ing crack­down against ter­ror fund­ing in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to the NIA sources, the ar­rested stone pel­ters have been iden­ti­fied as Javed Ahmad Bhat from Kul­gam and Kam­ran Yusuf from Pul­wama.

The NIA vis­ited Sri­na­gar in May to probe the al­leged fund­ing by Pak­istan for il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in Kash­mir, and ques­tioned sev­eral separatist lead­ers on the is­sue of rais­ing, col­lect­ing and trans­fer­ring funds via the Hawala route and other chan­nels to fund ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in Kash­mir.

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