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Shabir Shah sent to 7 days ED custody by a Delhi court

The seven Hurriyat leaders were arrested on Monday in connection with their involvement in alleged funding for “militancy and subversive activities” in Kashmir.Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front had called for a strike today in protest against the detention of seven separatists, including hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah by NIA.Other arrested persons include Ayaz Akbar, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Shadid-ul-Islam, Peer Saifullah, Bitta Karate and Nayeem Khan. As per sources, police arrested Shah late yesterday evening.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested two more people in connection with its probe into Pakistan’s terror funding in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.The arrests come weeks after the NIA carried out raids at almost three dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana in June. Hailing NIA’s action against the separatist leaders, Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai said nation wants that there should be stringent legal proceeding against the arrested leaders.Shah becomes the latest in the host of other separatist leaders to face the heat from central agencies for tormenting trouble in the Valley.”We had registered a terror funding case related to J&K on May 30 this year under various sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. They have been spotted at places where stone-pelting took place”, said a source, adding that their case against the Hurriyat leaders is watertight.Geelani, as well as another top Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were put under house arrest in Srinagar and other parts of the city were under curfew. The 70-year-old leader has been lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu for the past over five months. The NIA had claimed to have found letterheads of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), phones, jewellery and over Rs 2 crore cash.