Srinagar, May 19: Top separatist leaders are under the radar as a team of NIA (National Investigation Agency) arrived on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital, Srinagar, to question them of alleged funds received from across the border. Reports suggest that NIA has inputs that separatist leaders even received money from banned terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to disrupt peace in the valley.

Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani along with three others was named in a PE (Preliminary Enquiry) by the NIA. PE  is the predecessor of FIR (First Information Report) and a probe is initiated if required. The conducted PE took the names of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed as the one funding the source apart from anonymous people in Pakistan. India has been since long hunting for Saeed, who was involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that took lives of more than 160 people.

NIA even hinted Narendra Modi government to become tougher on the All Party Hurriyat Conference.  A minister yesterday in Srinagar said that those taking the route of violence will not be treated like ordinary citizens,” Terrorism and those who take of violence will be treated in a different manner”. The minister, about this, stated that this was a known fact which has just been fanned out on the public podium.

Apparently, a sting operation by TV showed Hurriyat leaders taking money from LeT chief and unknown Pakistani people.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Hurriyat provincial president Naeem Khan have also been named in the PE by NIA. The Enforcement Directorate will conduct a meeting to figure out if a criminal case could be lodged against the separatists leaders for allegedly receiving money and hawala transactions.

An NIA official was quoted by Hindustan Times saying they suspect that the money received was for stone pelting and other activities like destroying government buildings. NIA also collected contents used in the sting operating and will be forwarded for a forensic test.