Separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen chief's son arrested in India

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-30 14:39:45|Editor: Liangyu
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NEW DELHI, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested Syed Shakeel Ahmad, the son of Kashmiri separatist militant group Hizbul Mujahideen's chief Syed Salahuddin, from the Rambagh area of Srinagar, the capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

The NIA sleuths raided Shakeel's house early on Thursday morning. According to latest reports, he was being brought to Delhi for further questioning.

According to media reports, Shakeel worked as a senior lab technician at the "Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS)."

The NIA had reportedly called in Shakeel for questioning on at least three different occasions, but he failed to turn up following which the NIA sleuths raided his premises and arrested him.

The anti-terror probe agency had called him for questioning in the 2011 terror funding case. "He was asked to explain foreign funds in his accounts especially from UAE," media reports quoted an official as saying.

The probe agency had already arrested Salahuddin's elder son Syed Shahid in the same money laundering case last year, who is currently lodged in a prison in Delhi.

A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troopers stationed in the Kashmir region since 1989.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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