Srinagar, Apr 10: In a dramatic turn of events on Wednesday,
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik was sent to NIA custody
till April 22 by a Delhi court while as Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq wasn’t allowed to fly back to Srinagar as his questioning at NIA headquarters
continued on the third consecutive day.
Malik was sent to NIA custody in a case related to alleged
funding of militant and separatist groups in the state. Additional Sessions
Judge Rakesh Syal, during in-chamber proceedings, allowed the NIA to question
Malik for 12 days.
The NIA on Wednesday arrested Malik, a day after he was shifted
to Tihar Jail here from Jammu’s Kot Balwal Jail. The central probe agency’s
move followed an order of a special NIA court in Jammu giving it go ahead for
Malik’s custodial interrogation
On March 7, Malik was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA)
and put in Jammu jail.
Malik has been facing two Central Bureau of Investigation cases
and his organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.
These relate to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Saeed, daughter of
then Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, in 1989, and the killing of
four IAF personnel in 1990.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , who was
supposed to return to Srinagar, wasn’t allowed to fly back as his questioning
continued at the NIA headquarters in Delhi for the third consecutive day.
Sources in Hurriyat (M) said that Mirwaiz had booked his tickets
for Srinagar and was supposed to leave from Delhi at 4 pm on Wednesday. “But
NIA sleuths continued to quiz him till late in the evening hence barring him
from flying back to Srinagar,” the sources said. (With inputs KNO)