NIA detained Syed Shahid Yusuf, son of Hizbul Mujahideen

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested the Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's son Shahid Yousuf in connection with terror funding case. "He was summoned for questioning to Delhi on Tuesday after initial rounds as his role was established in the case and so we arrested him", NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal said in a statement to Mirror.The case involves funding through hawala channels by terrorists based in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The investigation revealed that one of the accused, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, based in Syria, allegedly transferred money to Mr. Yusuf on the direction of Salahuddin.

The case dates back to 2011 when the Delhi Police's special cell registered a case against Hizbul Mujahideen under sections 13, 17, 18, and 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

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Yusuf, who works as a horticulturist with the Jammu and Kashmir state government, was reportedly being questioned in New Delhi by the NIA, CNN-News18 reported. "It is on the basis of this irrefutable evidence that we have gone ahead with Yusuf's arrest".

Shahid's arrest - it is the first time any member of Salahuddin's family has been arrested - comes a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced the decision to start a dialogue process in Jammu and Kashmir and named former Intelligence Bureau Director Dineshwar Sharma to talk to all stakeholders. Two others, Mohd Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, are still at large.

The NIA alleged that Shahid used to receive funds through global wire money transfer from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, an absconding accused, at present based in Saudi Arabia. As per reports, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat is also one of the prime accused in 2011 terror funding case. The Hizb founder's son, according to an NIA official, received at least four instalments of money in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was apparently referring to the terror-funding cases involving top separatist leaders.

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