In a major breakthrough for the Centre in the ongoing Kashmir unrest, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday registered a preliminary enquiry into the funding of Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed and other Pakistan based terrorists.
According to news-agency ANI, NIA has reached the Valley for inquiry into Hurriyat funding. The team will probe into the nuances of the funding which are mostly being made for subversive activities including stone pelting and damage of public properties there.
An NIA spokesperson said that the others named in the preliminary enquiry are Naeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias 'Bitta Karate' and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
The separatists were receiving funds from chief of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Saeed to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments, the spokesman alleged.
The NIA has also taken cognizance of the news item related to the recording of conversations between a TV reporter and leaders of separatist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley in this regard, he said.
According to reports, post the recent arrest of two ISI operatives in India, it has come to light that separatists in Jammu and Kashmir area have been getting a constant flow of funds - to the tune of Rs 70 lakh - from the Pakistan ISI over the past few months.
A slew of documents that have been accessed show that the nexus between Pakistan and the separatist leaders is responsible for instigating the youth to conduct violent acts in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier on April 28, reacting to the Supreme Court's orders, wherein it asked the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) to talk to various stakeholders and consider their opinion in connection with the plea against the use of pellet guns in the state, the Centre categorically said that it would not talk to people who were separatist leaders and those who talk of 'Azaadi' and freedom.