The National Investigation Agency’s questioning of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons – Nayeem and Naseem – focussed mainly on their father’s role in funding of terror and civil unrest in Jammu & Kashmir, sources said.
A top official said during their questioning last week, the two brothers were asked largely about their father’s role in the funding of terror like stone pelters/militants, letters received by him from terror organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, controversial orders allegedly issued by him for protests and burning of schools/government buildings in the valley.
The official said the separatists arrested earlier have revealed enough to link Geelani to the stone-pelters and other subversive activities.
He said the agency’s next step is to question Syed Ali Shah Geelani himself and initiate the process of attaching the bank accounts and properties of suspects.
Asked when the senior Geelani could be summoned for questioning, the NIA official merely said, “soon.”
Nayeem and Naseem were also asked about former or active terrorists who used to often visit their father apart from his links in Pak-occupied Kashmir and the Pakistan High Commission.
NIA has already arrested seven separatists including Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah ‘Funtoosh’ and all of them are learnt to have told the sleuths during the interrogation how funding of terrorists and stone-pelters was managed from Geelani’s house.
Sources said Geelani’s sons were confronted with the answers given by seven other arrested separatists and the documents recovered during the raids.