Separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will appear before the National Investigation Agency today for questioning in connection with the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case. The centre had indicated that it will adopt a zero tolerance policy for all separatists amid a major crackdown on separatists. He is travelling to Delhi from Srinagar.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is likely to be questioned about a letter seized during the raids in February which stated that Rs. 5,000 was paid to a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative.
The probe agency had summoned him for questioning twice in the past but he had not complied with the orders.
Through his lawyer, he had communicated to the NIA that he is ready to cooperate with the investigation agency, but he should be examined in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had earlier expressed apprehensions over his security outside the Kashmir Valley.
In February, the NIA had carried out searches at seven locations in Srinagar in connection with the terror funding case. Premises belonging to top separatists – JKLK chairman Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Khan, Masarat Alam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Naseem Geelani, son of Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani – had been raided.
During the searches, documents including property papers, financial transactions receipts and bank account details were found.