In a major crackdown, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested seven separatist leaders from Srinagar for their alleged involvement in terror funding case from across the border in Pakistan.

All the arrested including Nayeem Khan and son-in-law of Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani will be taken to Delhi for further investigation.

Others arrested were Hurriyat spokesperson Ayaz Akbar, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Saifullah and Bitta Karate. Karate was arrested from Delhi while others were arrested from Srinagar.

The development comes as a part of an ongoing investigation on the suspicion of involvement of the separatist leaders in channeling the money from across the border for fuelling terror related activities in the Valley.

Earlier in June, NIA seized over Rs 1 crore during nearly two dozen raids conducted in various Separatists locations in Srinagar, Delhi, and Haryana.

NIA had initiated a preliminary inquiry (PE) against Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and his close aide and Hurriyat provincial President Nayeem Khan after he in a TV sting operation confessed that Hurriyat leaders have been receiving funds from Pakistan for subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley.

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