NEW DELHI: For the first time, India will officially ask for legal assistance from Pakistan to arrest Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which filed a chargesheet against the Pakistan-sponsored Kashmiri militant group leader on Saturday, is now preparing to send a judicial request to Pakistan for his arrest. A red corner notice will also be issued soon against Salahuddin who has been declared a proclaimed offender.
The agency has filed a chargesheet against Salahuddin in a 2011 case of terror funding where money was allegedly pumped into his outfit from Pakistan through overground NGOs.
NIA sources said that permission had been received from the government to send letter rogatory (LR) to Pakistan asking the authorities to arrest Salahuddin, who has taken shelter in Pakistan since 1989, and seven others named as proclaimed offenders in the chargesheet.
It is the first case in which Salahuddin has been declared a proclaimed offender, paving the way for authorities to send an LR for his arrest.
“We have conclusively proven the flow of funds from across the border to the outfit and are sure of taking the case to its logical conclusion. Following the LR, we will also get an RCN issued against Salahuddin,” said a senior NIA official.
In its chargesheet filed in Patiala House court in New Delhi, the agency said its investigations had established that regular and systematic funding of Hizbul Mujahideen for carrying out terrorist activities was done from across the border. “Under the cover of Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust (JKART), Hizbul Mujahideen operatives based in Pakistan used to provide funds through different channels for terrorist activities in India,” the chargesheet said.
Investigations have established that Rs 13 crore was sent to Hizbul Mujahideen units in J&K through hawala, banking networks and cross-border trade.
Among the 10 accused, NIA has already arrested Mohd Shafi Shah alias Dawood alias Doctor and Talib Lali alias Talib Hussain Lali alias Waseem alias Abu Umer. Other accused include Salahuddin and deputy commander (HuM) Gulam Nabi Khan alias Amir Khan, both now based in Pakistan.
“During investigation, the flow of funds raised and distributed by Hizbul Mujahideen was established. Different channels used to send funds to J&K by Hizbul Mujahideen like hawala, banking network, cross border-trade etc were investigated which brought on record that Mohd Shafi Shah collected finds to the tune of Rs 13 crore and distributed it for carrying out terrorist activities at the behest of Hizbul Mujahideen,” a senior NIA official said.