Three Kashmiris convicted in 2010 terror funding case

With three Kashmiris pleading guilty in 2010 terror funding case, a special court on Monday convicted them and sentenced them to a period of imprisonment they had already undergone.

District and Sessions Judge Poonam Bamba convicted Mohammad Sadiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga under the various provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

All three were in judicial custody since being arrested on January 22, 2011. Speaking a top officer of NIA said, “There were financial transactions made where money was sent from absconders namely Maqbool Pandit and Aijaz Maqbool wanted in our 2011 terror funding case. We have asked them to explain the account transactions.”

Syed Salahuddin’s elder son Shahid is already under custody, he was arrested by NIA in Delhi following several raids at his residences in Soibug Budgam.

The old case of 2011 was revived last year after NIA claimed new evidence was found against Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin and other separatist leaders.

The first investigation of terror funding in the Valley began in December 2010, when Delhi Police put two numbers on intercepts — one belonging to Maqbool Pandit, a functionary of Hizbul Mujahideen-based in Pakistan.

According to NIA, he had procured over Rs 4.5 crore from Pakistan through hawala channels within three years after 2008 for funding militant activities in the Kashmir Valley.

Ghulam Mohammed Bhat, Ganai, Liloo and Dagga were arrested on January 22, 2011 and Rs 21.20 lakh were recovered from them.

After their arrest, Aijaz Bhat used to send money to Shahid. The Hizbul founder’s son, according to an NIA official, received at least four instalments of money in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Shahid is the third son of Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jehad Council, the amalgam of Kashmir militant groups based in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.