Srinagar, November 3: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday suspended terrorist Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yusuf from the agriculture department. 42-year-old Yusuf was serving as an agricultural assistant in Budgam of central Kashmir. He was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a terror funding case.

Terming the suspension “routine”, the department added that every government servant is deemed to be suspended within 48 hours of his or her arrest under the civil services conduct rules. However, the department sought clarifications from NIA before issuing orders. Director of Agriculture Altaf Andrabi issued the orders and said Yousuf is deemed to have been suspended from the date of his arrest.

Yusuf allegedly received and collected funds through international wire money transfer from Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen member Aijaz Ahmed Bhat. He is wanted in India for funding terror activities in the Kashmir Valley.

The NIA already filed two charge sheets against six other accused in this case in 2011.Out of these accused, two are in custody and others, including Salahuddin, are absconding and residing in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Salahuddin remains one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. He was declared a specially designated global terrorist by the US Department of State in June.

(With inputs from agencies)