NIA attaches properties of sons of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen chief

In a significant development, the NIA has attached immovable properties of two sons of designated terrorist Syed Salahudeen, who continues to operate from Pakistan

SRINAGAR | Updated: 24 April, 2023 10:24 pm IST
NIA attached two properties belonging to the sons of terrorist Syed Salahudeen, the self-styled Supreme Commander of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday attached two properties belonging to the sons of designated terrorist Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahudeen, the self-styled Supreme Commander of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen (HM) and Chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC).

The immovable properties of Shahid Yusuf and Syed Ahmed Shakeel, in Soibugh Tehsil, District Budgam and Nursing Garh, Mohalla Ram Bagh, have been attached under section 33(1) of UA( P) Act.

Both Shahid Yusuf and Syed Ahmed Shakeel are lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail since their arrest in October 2017 and August 2018. They were charge sheeted on April 20, 2018, and November 20, 2018, respectively. The duo had been receiving funds from abroad from the associates of their father and overground workers of HM.

Syed Salahudeen, who had fled to Pakistan in 1993, was designated a terrorist by India in October 2020. He continues to operate from Pakistan, from where he is guiding and instructing HM cadres as well as activists of UJC, also known as Muttahida Jihad Council (MJC) which is a conglomerate of around 13 Pakistan-based Kashmir-centric terror outfits.

Besides instigating and operationalising militant activities in India, primarily in Kashmir valley, Syed Salahudeen has been raising funds and routing finances to India through trade routes, Hawala channels and international money transfer channels for furthering the terrorist activities of HM cadres.

The investigations were initially launched by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in November 2011 into the criminal conspiracy to raise/collect/provide funds to commit terrorist acts and distribute funds among the terror groups and their sympathizers in Jammu and Kashmir to commit terrorist acts. It was subsequently taken over by the NIA.

Charge sheets as well as supplementary charge sheets were filed against eight accused in the case, including in 2011 and 2018.

NIA has been cracking down on terror funding machinery in a bid to dismantle the terrorist financing ecosystem operating in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of individuals based in Pakistan and other countries.

On Monday itself, the agency had also seized six shops in Awantipora in a case relating to a 2018 attack on CRPF Group Centre at Lethpora, J&K. Some land, including a house, belonging to the father of one of the accused was also attached in the same case in September 2020.

Furthermore, in 2021, NIA had attached residential properties belonging to the kin of two accused in the case of the terrorist attack on the CRPF Convoy at Lethpora, Pulwama. Another residential property has also been attached by NIA in the case relating to the killing of two brothers, Anil Parihar and Ajit Parihar.

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