Seven Hurriyat leaders sent to 10-day NIA custody

The seven Kashmiri separatists, who were arrested yesterday, have been sent to NIA custody for 10 days by a Delhi court.

They are facing charges of terror funding. The arrested separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law — Altaf Ahmed Shah — were produced in the court today. The NIA told the court that custodial interrogation of the accused was needed.

It said Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmed Dar — were to be confronted with each other and other incriminating evidence. It also submitted that they have to be taken to various places for the purpose of investigation.

NIA sought their custody for 18 days. The advocate, appearing for the accused, however, opposed the agency’ plea saying that the NIA has already been probing the case for one month.

District Judge Poonam A Bamba passed the remand order while partly allowing the National Investigation Agency’s plea

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