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Mirwaiz to travel to Delhi to face NIA

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Hurriyat executive members will accompany him

Srinagar, Apr 07: Hurriyat-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would travel to New Delhi to appear for questioning before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in an alleged “militancy funding” case, a spokesman of the amalgam said on Sunday.

Last week, the NIA issued a third summon to Mirwaiz to appear for questioning in the case. Mirwaiz had earlier refused to travel to Delhi citing security concerns.

The Hurriyat-M spokesman in a statement said that the Mirwaiz will travel to Delhi for questioning.

However, he said, the executive members of Hurriyat-M, comprising Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and Masroor Abbas Ansari would accompany Mirwaiz to New Delhi.

“Despite repeated attempts to hold the investigation in Srinagar, the NIA has refused to conduct it in Srinagar and has said that it would take care of his (Mirwaiz’s) security concern. It is unfortunate that they are insisting on investigation in Delhi. It has been decided in the meeting that all the executive members will accompany Mirwaiz to New Delhi for the investigation,” the statement said without mentioning when they would be flying to New Delhi.

However, sources said that they will be flying Monday by Go-Air flight and are expected to reach New Delhi by 9 am.

The decision was taken on Sunday during a meeting at the residence of Mirwaiz in Nigeen, Srinagar.

“People are anguished and concerned for the Mirwaiz as their religious emotions are also attached to him besides him being a representative of their political sentiments. People are deeply anguished by the harassment of Mirwaiz. We urge all the people to stay calm and peaceful,” the statement said.

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