Terror funding? Hyderabad businessman gets NIA call

HYDERABAD: A young businessman from the city was summoned by National Investigation Agency (NIA) for questioning in a terror funding case at its Delhi office on Monday, but he reportedly did not turn up. Sources said he requested the investigators to give him some more time to appear before the Agency. It’s not clear if he has been summoned as a suspect or a witness. 

In Sept 2018, NIA had unearthed a terror-funding module of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), an alleged charity arm of designated “global terrorist” Hafeez Saeed’s banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). 

Hyd man was in touch with a Pakistani

F IF was declared as a designated terrorist entity by the US in 2010. The NIA subsequently arrested four persons, including two from Delhi and one from Srinagar. 

NIA sleuths stumbled upon information that the Hyderabad-based businessman was in touch with a Pakistani. A notice was served to the Bahadurpura resident by NIA superintendent-rank officer Vishal Garg regarding the FIF case where hawala money from Pakistan was sent to people in India via Dubai. “He was in touch with Kamran, a Dubai-based Pakistan national,” a source in NIA told TOI. 

The notice (dated Feb 19, 2019) asked him to appear before the NIA office on Monday, but he did not turn up, sources said. The case reference (FIR) given by the NIA in the notice was RC-20/2018/NIA/DLI. 

NIA had in September 2018 conducted simultaneous searches on properties of alleged FIF operative Mohammad Salman, a resident of Nizamuddin in New Delhi; alleged hawala conduit Mohammed Salim, a resident of Daryaganj, New Delhi; and alleged hawala courier Sajjad Abdul Wani, a resident of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. NIA had seized ₹1.56 crore, Nepali currency worth ₹43,000, and 14 mobiles phones. 

NIA alleged Salman was in touch with one Dubai-based Pakistani, who in turn was connected with the deputy chief of FIF, a front of proscribed terror group LeT. The four arrested persons were reportedly receiving funds from FIF.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/terror-funding-hyderabad-businessman-gets-nia-call/articleshow/68164626.cms


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