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Geelani’s sons arrive at NIA headquarters in Delhi for questioning

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Nayeem Geelani and Naseem Geelani, sons of Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani, on Tuesday arrived at the NIA headquarters for questioning in alleged funding case.

Naeem Geelani, the elder son of Hurriyat chairman, had undergone cardiac surgery in 2009 and was admitted in Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital on Sunday after he complained of chest pains.

Both, Naeem and Naseem left for New Delhi on Monday late afternoon.

Last month, the agency arrested Altaf Fantosh, Geelani’s son-in-law. He was among the 7 persons arrested and accused of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor protests by stone-throwers in Kashmir Valley, which left more than 100 people dead last year.

All seven are currently in Delhi, in judicial and NIA custody. Three of the arrested persons Ayaz Akmar, Shahidul Islam and Bitta Karate have been shifted to Tihar Jail.

In a Facebook post last week Naseem Geelani – who says he is not involved in politics — said: “Accountability is good but there should be the same yardstick. Don’t target only those people who don’t agree with you”. The post, which ostensibly addressed the government, went on to add, “(It should be) same for all politicians… At least we are ready, what about others?”

The Mehbooba Mufti government has disagreed with the arrests by the investigation agency, contending it interfered with its efforts to conduct dialogues with separatists for a peaceful resolution. Sources said the government had even attempted to block the arrests.

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