Complete shutdown and Protest in Budgam against NIA summon to Kashmiri religious leader Aga Syed Hassan

wilayattimes (Jammu and Kashmir)

Srinagar: Scores of protestors took to the streets to protest against the recent summon by National Investigation Agency (NIA) to senior hurriyat leader and president Anjuman-e-Sharie- Shian  Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi directing him to appear before the agency today.

The agency had conducted a raid at the residence of Agha Syed Hassan in central Kashmir’s Budgam district in September 2017 in connection with funding case. NIA is investigating the funding case in Kashmir registered on May 30 last year.

“National Investigating Agency has registered a case vide number RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI. It appears that you are acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case. You are hereby directed to appear before the Agency on November 2, 2018 at 10 am at Police Officers Mess, Humhama Srinagar in connection with the investigation of the case,” read the letter dispatched by NIA to Aga Syed Hassan.

A complete shutdown in being observed in this district, including Magam. All shops, offices, business establishments and petrol pumps in the twin towns remained closed.

Meanwhile, Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian in a statement to Wilayat Times  termed the act as “harassment to their leader.”They said that Aga Hassan is a religious cleric and the people can’t tolerate such harassment to their cleric.

It is here to mention that many people from Kashmir including resistance leaders have already been arrested by the investigation agency in connection with the case and have been lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.

In May, 2018, after the court hearings of Kashmiris booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 and money laundering offences by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, a Delhi High Court administrative order had transferred the case from the court of Additional Sessions Judge Justice Tarun Sehrawat to District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) Poonam A Bamba.

The families of the incarcerated Hurriyat leaders feel that with the transfer, the case status is back a square one.