The NIA’s probe against pro-freedom camp in Kashmir is likely to be revived as the state is reeling under Governor’s rule, The Indian Express reported. The agency’s probe into terror funding charges against the pro-freedom leadership had been put on the backburner after Delhi appointed former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor on the Kashmir issue.
“Sources in the security establishment said the agency has been asked to continue pursuing its case and take it to its logical conclusion. While NIA, in February, filed a chargesheet in the case against 12 people, including LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and aides of Hurriyat leaders, it is yet to fully establish financial trails flowing out of Pakistan and routed via the UAE, sources said. They said that work is also pending on dismantling of networks that financially feed stone-pelting groups,” the report said.
The NIA chargesheet has mentioned names of all top leaders such as Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik as people who have been allegedly pushing for secession and fuelling unrest but has stopped short of naming them as accused. The agency plans to put them in the dock in its next chargesheet, sources said.
“For us, a clear policy works. If you want to talk, don’t engage us. If you want to go after that funding terror, let us take the case till the end. When you wield the baton and dangle the carrot at the same time, the case suffers,” an NIA investigator said.