Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin’s Son Shakeel Yusuf  arrested by NIA

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Srinagar, Aug 30 : The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has arrested Pakistan’s Muzaffarabad-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shakeel Yusuf, from his residence early in the morning of Thursday from the Rambagh area of Srinagar, during a raid.

The CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police were also present when he was taken into custody , the arrest was in relation to a terror funding case.

Shakeel, who works as a laboratory technician at Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura in Srinagar, has been under the NIA scanner for his alleged involvement in a 2011 terror funding case. His arrest was in relation to a terror funding case.

The NIA carried out the raid in the Rambagh area of the city. Earlier this year, he was questioned by the NIA related to the 2011 attacks. There were allegations against him of receiving funds sent by his father through wire transfer, and used them to spread terror in the Kashmir valley.

“In 2017, the NIA arrested Syed Shahid Yousuf, another son of Syed Salahuddin. He was working with the Jammu and Kashmir agricultural department,” a police officer added.

Yousuf was placed under suspension by the department following the arrest.

NIA sources said both arrests have been made in connection with the terror funding scam being investigated by the agency.

Salahuddin’s son’s arrest comes a day after four police officials were  brutally killed near Arhama at Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian.  The Hizbul Mujahideen, as well as Jaish-e-Mohammad, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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