Not sporadic: How stone pelters were remote controlled by the Hurriyat
Contrary to the claims that the incidents of stone pelting in the Valley were sporadic in nature, the NIA has learnt that it was the members of the Hurriyat who were stage managing it.
The National Investigation Agency arrested 7 Hurriyat leaders on Monday after it was found that they were involved in a terror funding case. It was alleged that these persons had received funds from Pakistan and funded the unrest in the Valley.
The NIA which conducted a series of raids also seized several documents which showed how the unrest was funded. However more importantly the NIA analysed the call details of the separatists and it was found that they were regularly in touch with the stone pelters in the Valley.
Each of these Hurriyat leaders had a set of stone pelters. They would activate them regularly. The stone pelters worked on a daily salary which would be in the range of Rs 300 and 500.
When an NIA officer part of the probe was asked if they would get to the big fish in the Hurriyat, he said, " we are getting there." The officer explained that the funding from Pakistan was used to pay the stone pelters. The Hurriyat leaders would call these persons regularly and tell them pelt stones at locations of their choice. The stone pelters were also used to stall encounters being carried out by the security forces in the Valley, the NIA officer noted.
NIA arrests 7:
The NIA arrested seven persons in the case which is now known as, "Kashmir Terror Funding Case." Several charges which include criminal conspiracy have been slapped on the severn persons. The arrests were made under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of 1967.
Those arrested include Altaf Ahmad Shah Funtoosh Geelani, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah aliasShahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate. Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate.
The NIA had registered the case on May 30 2017. The NIA said that the separatist and secessionist leaders, including the members/cadres of the Hurriyat Conference have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organizations Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Dukhtarane Millat, Lashkar-e-Tayiba and other terrorist organizations.
The NIA accussed them of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in Kashmir Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.