NIA raids residence of Salahuddin’s son in Budgam



    Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday raided the house of Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizb ul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, in Soibugh village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

    An NIA team raided the residence of Yousuf around 4:30 am and left after couple of hours, sources said.

    They took some cell phones and a laptop along with them, they said.

    The raid was conducted two days after the arrest of Yousuf by the central probe agency in a case of alleged funding of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

    According to the agency, 42-year-old Shahid, who works in the agricultural department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, was summoned to the agency’s headquarters where he was arrested after questioning yesterday.

    The NIA alleged that Shahid used to receive funds through a US-based international wire transfer company from Aijaz Ahmed Bhat, another accused in the case who is absconding and is reported to be based in Saudi Arabia.

    The agency has alleged that Shahid was “one of several Indian contacts of Bhat” who had been in telephonic contact with him for receiving money transfer codes.

    The NIA has claimed that so far Shahid has received a total of nearly Rs 4.5 lakh through eight international wire transfers.

    The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi.