February 2003 News

Woman Among 2 Hurriyat Activists Held In Delhi

6 February 2003
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Busting a racket of funding of separatist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi Police today arrested two Hurriyat leaders, including its Delhi-based spokesman Shabir Ahmed Dar, for allegedly receiving funds from Pakistan High Commission for passing them on to militant outfits in the State. On specific intelligence input, Delhi Police tailed a woman identified as Anjum Zamrooda Habib after she came out from Pakistan High Commission here, reports PTI. She was intercepted near Nehru Park and on her personal search, an amount of Rs 3.07 lakh was recovered, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Special Cell) Neeraj Kumar told reporters here. He said Habib, leader of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference, revealed during interrogation that she had received the money from Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Jaleel Abbas Gilani and was referred to him by Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat and Dar. She revealed that Dar was also frequenting Pakistan High Commission for receiving money for a militant outfit in the State, he said and added following this a raid was conducted on the Hurriyat office here. Kumar said during the search, police recovered Rs two lakh besides some documents and propaganda material. The duo have been booked under POTA and would be produced before a Magistrate tomorrow, the Joint Commissioner said. Kumar said during searches at the Hurriyat office here, also known as Kashmir Awareness Bureau, police recovered several documents and propaganda material against the country. Some 'doctored' cassettes, which showed stage-managed human rights violations in Kashmir, were recovered from the Hurriyat office which were to be sent to Pakistan for its state-run television, he added. After questioning the duo for several hours, police placed them under arrest. Dar, considered to be a confidant of Abdul Gani Bhat, had joined as the amalgam's spokesman here recently. Last year, Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested three persons on Jammu-Srinagar national highway alongwith one lakh US dollars allegedly meant for JKLF leader Yaseen Malik. Malik, who was arrested by the police under POTA, is at present out on bail. In the second operation last year, police arrested senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on charges of funding Hizbul Mujahideen. Geelani is in custody and at present in Mumbai undergoing treatment. Our Srinagar correspondent adds: Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat today ruled out expansion of its all powerful Executive Council saying the constitution of the 23-party amalgam did not permit it. 'There is no such plan for expansion of the executive council beyond its present strength of seven at present. Besides, the constitution of the conglomerate also does not allow it,' Bhat said. Reacting to demands for expansion from several members of the Hurriyat, with Anjuman Shar-e-Shian being the latest to voice it today, he said, 'any such move would require an amendment to the constitution of the amalgam by the executive council with two-thirds majority.' He said such a move would not be feasible in the interests of the Hurriyat as it would be impossible to slam the door of executive council to some while welcoming others. The constitution of the Hurriyat provides for seven permanent members to the Executive Council which include the leaders or representatives of Muslim Conference, Awami Action Committee, Ittihad-ul-Muslimeen, JKLF, Jamaat-e-Islami, People's Conference and People's League, Bhat said. Anjuman president Aga Syed Hassan said at a press conference here that the representative organisation of Shiites in the State had put forth their demand to executive council and claimed that it had assured them to consider it. Democratic political movement, formerly Islamic Students League, had also put forth its claim to the Hurriyat executive council on its annual convention in November last year.


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