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NIA summons Mirwaiz, Geelani’s son to Delhi

Srinagar, Mar 9: The NIA has summoned Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the son of senior most Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for questioning in Delhi in alleged funding case registered in 2017, officials said on Saturday.
According to a notice served on them, the Mirwaiz and Naseem Geelani have been asked to appear at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, the agency officials said.
“Whereas, it appears that you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case noted below, which is now under investigation by the NIA, New Delhi, you are hereby required to report before the undersigned at National Investigation Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs, Opposite CGO complex Lodhi Road, new Delhi on 11-02-2019 at 10:30 am for the purpose of your examination relating to the case,” said a notice, issued to the Mirwaiz by the NIA.
The notice comes barely 11 days after an NIA raid at the residence of Mirwaiz in Nigeen area of Srinagar.
On February 26, NIA sleuths carried out searches at premises of several Hurriyat leaders, including the Mirwaiz, in connection with the case.
The NIA team, accompanied by police and CRPF personnel, searched residences of some of the Hurriyat leaders, including Mirwaiz, Naseem Geelani and Ashraf Sehrai, the chairman of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
The houses of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yaseen Malik, Shabir Shah, Zaffar Bhat and Masarat Alam were also raided.
Barring the Mirwaiz and Sehrai, all other leaders were jailed for some time.
The NIA had questioned two maternal uncles of the Mirwaiz – Maulvi Manzoor and Maulvi Shafat. Both Manzoor and Shafat are retired senior government officers.

Sheh-re-Khaas traders call for 2-day bandh

Srinagar, Mar 9: Strongly reacting to the National Investigation Agency’s summon to the Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Beopar Mandal Mahraj Gunj, Sheh-re-Khaas Traders & Manufacturers Coordination Committee and Jamia Market Traders Federation called for a complete shutdown in and around old city Srinagar on Sunday and Monday.
In a statement issued here the trade bodies said such kind of “nefarious designs” to intimidate the people of Kashmir will not be tolerated at all and would be resisted tooth and nail.
The trade bodies said summoning Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Geelani is totally “undemocratic” and will not be tolerated by the people of Kashmir in general and the trader fraternity in particular.
They said all the shops, transport, schools and offices will remain closed on Sunday and Monday against the move by the NIA.