Son of wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, Syed Shahid Yousuf, has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a 2011 terror funding case.
NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told NDTV in an interview:
He was summoned for questioning to Delhi on Tuesday after initial rounds his role was conclusively established in the case and so we arrested him.
According to reports, Yousuf, 42, who works for the Jammu and Kashmir government as a village agriculture assistant and has a family home in Budgam, received money in seven installments between 2011 and 2014 from a Pakistani national to fund terror activities in Kashmir.
The top anti-terror agency says that Yousuf was one of the contacts of the Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Aijaz Ahmad Bhat. The former used to receive money transferred through Western Union by Aijaz, who is currently one of the most wanted criminals. Documents confirming the transfers have been found by the investigators.
To further confirm the contact between Aijaz and Yousuf, NIA has call records of multiple conversations between them. And it is on the basis of all such contacts that the NIA has gone ahead with the arrest.
Further enlightening on the mode of transfer, the investigating officials said that, for every transaction, Yousuf would be provided with a unique money transaction code. He would then use the codes to pick up the money and then pass it on to those creating the unrest.
The NIA is now reportedly trying to probe on the links between Yousuf and his father, who has been instrumental in fueling the unrest in the Valley since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. Syed Salahuddin is currently absconding.