Srinagar, Feb 10:
A senior Congress leader and a former minister in Jammu and Kashmir has been
summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for questioning in
connection with alleged militancy cases in Kishtwar district, media reports said
Saroori, who was elected MLA from Inderwal Assembly constituency in 2002, 2008
and 2014, has been asked to report to the NIA headquarters in New Delhi over
his alleged role in militant cases in Kishtwar district in the recent years.
brother Mohammad Shafi Saroori was booked by the police for allegedly helping
militants in killings of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar,
top RSS functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO Rajinder Singh and weapon snatching
incidents last year. The cases were handed over by the government to the NIA
“Saroori has been called for questioning after
his name surfaced over his links with top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Osama,
who was killed in Batote encounter last year,” reports quoting sources said and
added that his name has also surfaced in a case regarding violence and arson
that took place on August 9, 2013 in Kishtwar.
Saroori, who was
a cabinet minister in National Conference-Congress alliance government led by
Omar Abdullah, is considered as a close aide of Congress Leader of Opposition
in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Saroori is the
second mainstream politician, who has come under the NIA radar. Earlier, in
August last year, former independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, popularly known
as Engineer Rashid was arrested by the premier probe agency in connection with
a militant funding case.
Since early 2017,
the NIA has arrested several high profile people, including businessmen and
politicians in Kashmir in alleged funding cases.