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Terror funding case: Hizbul chief’s son’s custody extended

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New Delhi: A court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid till February 5, who was arrested in a six-year-old terror funding case.

Special Judge OP Saini extended the custody after in-camera proceedings.

Shahid, 42, a Jammu and Kashmir government employee, was arrested here on October 24 after he was called for questioning at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters.

The agency alleged that Shahid was collecting funds from Aijaz Bhat, a Srinagar resident now based in Saudi Arabia and a Hizbul Mujahideen militant, on the direction of his father Salahuddin, who is based in Pakistan.

The money was meant to fund Hizbul Mujahideen’s activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The 2011 terror funding case pertains to money sent through hawala channels by militants based in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to Jammu and Kashmir.

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