Merely a day after the NIA arrested seven separatist leaders, sources tell Republic TV that the agency is preparing to summon 22 more Hurriyat leaders. With the addition of the new names, there are 48 leaders who have now been identified. Several social groups network groups have also been cracked.
In a massive crackdown on Hurriyat leaders, the NIA arrested on Monday seven Hurriyat leaders, including Nayeem Khan, Bitta Karate, Altaf Fantosh (son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani), in connection with a terror funding case. It was revealed that these leaders laundered money to create unrest in the Valley.
The hawala money was being used to burn schools, stone-pelting in the Valley. The agency has also prepared a list of 60 stone-pelters who have created unrest in the area.The NIA has said that they have incriminating evidence against the leaders who were arrested on Monday.
Following the arrests made on Monday, sources tell Republic TV, that Syed Ali Shah Geelani will be examined by the NIA. As per sources, the focus will now be on top Hurriyat leadership in the terror funding probe and the arrested Hurriyat leaders will be confronted with the documents seized. Once the money trail has been established, the NIA will move to gather concrete evidence against the 'big players'.
Sources added that the NIA is also likely to identify the middlemen who were the conduits between the separatist leaders who have been arrested and the stone pelters. Furthermore, the NIA sources add that the stone pelters were getting money from both hawala route as well as through cross-border trade.