Hur­riyat lead­ers in cus­tody for ‘fund­ing’ mil­i­tants in Kash­mir

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - An In­dian court or­dered on Tues­day that seven Kash­miri sep­a­ratists be held in po­lice cus­tody for al­legedly fund­ing mil­i­tant groups and stok­ing un­rest in the dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion.

Fed­eral agents swooped on the mem­bers of the All Par­ties Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (APHC) in raids across New Delhi and Kash­mir’s main city of Sri­na­gar on Mon­day. The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency al­leges the ac­cused re­ceived money from Pak­istan and fun­nelled it to mil­i­tant groups in the tense re­gion.

The Kash­mir val­ley has been reel­ing from street vi­o­lence since the killing of a pop­u­lar rebel leader by In­dian forces last July.

“We re­quire time to ques­tion them for their role in vi­o­lence,” Alok Mittal, a spokesman for the fed­eral agency, told AFP.

A Delhi court on Tues­day re­manded them in po­lice cus­tody for ten days, the Press Trust of In­dia re­ported.

Po­lice al­lege the sep­a­ratists used the cash to ‘ wage war against In­dia’ by or­gan­is­ing street re­bel­lions against troops, burn­ing schools and dam­ag­ing pub­lic prop­erty.

Those ar­rested in­clude the son-in-law of top sep­a­ratist leader Syed Ali Gee­lani.

The Hur­riyat said the ar­rests were ‘re­venge­ful, ar­bi­trary and il­le­gal’ and called for mass strikes on Tues­day.

Gee­lani, as well as an­other top Hur­riyat leader Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, were put un­der house ar- rest in Sri­na­gar and other parts of the city were un­der cur­few.

More than 100 pro­test­ers, mostly young men, have been killed since last year in clashes be­tween troops and po­lice and Kash­miris de­mand­ing in­de­pen­dence from In­dia.

Kash­mir has been di­vided be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since the end of Bri­tish colo­nial rule in 1947 but both claim the ter­ri­tory in its en­tirety.

(AFP)

Po­lice es­corts a bus car­ry­ing ar­rested Hur­riyat lead­ers at Pa­tiala House Court, in New Delhi on Tues­day

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