Wednesday, June 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Geelani’s 2 accomplices held
Hurriyat Conference strike hits life

Srinagar, June 11
The Jammu and Kashmir police today arrested two persons, including a former Deputy Secretary of state Public Service Commission (PSC), for allegedly bringing in funds for fire-brand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, already arrested under POTA.

Those detained were former Deputy Secretary of state PSC Farooq Ahmed and an employee of Power Development Division Mohammed Maqbool, official sources said here.

The sources further said during the investigations it was revealed that the duo had carried dollars from Jeddah which were handed over to Geelani.

The money was allegedly given by Nazir Qureshi, leader of World Awami Muslim Youth (WAMY), and the duo had handed over the same to Geelani, the sources claimed.

Meanwhile, income tax officials and the state police have carried out joint searches at several banks here in an effort to locate the accounts of arrested Hurriyat leader Geelani, a senior police official said today.

“The Income Tax Department and police conducted a joint raid yesterday on some banks in connection with Geelani’s accounts,” Inspector-General of Police K. Rajendra Kumar said here.

“We are still sifting through the documents. Nothing can be said as of now,” he added.

The police official declined to name the branches of the banks which were searched late in the afternoon.

A case has been registered under the Official Secrets Act and investigations are on, the IG added.

Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Mohammad Yousf Khan said the IT officials had visited the Barzullah branch of the bank on the outskirts of Srinagar seeking details of some accounts which had been provided to them.

“They were also inquiring about a locker belonging to Geelani and I believe they have sealed it, Mr Khan said.

Meanwhile, normal life in the valley was hit today by a strike call given by Hurriyat Conference to protest the arrest of its senior leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. PTI


IT Dept cracks Geelani’s computer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11
The seized material of the arrested Jamat-e-Islami leader Syed Shah Geelani was brought here today to the northwest zone headquarters of the Income Tax Department.

The Department has cracked one of the three seized computers which Mr Geelani used to confirm his “passing on” information to the ISI and his financial transactions with the Pakistani intelligence agencies. Loads of “incriminating” documents were flown here from Chandigarh, the Income Tax Department sources told The Tribune here tonight.

The Department has given photo copies of documents to other agencies involved in the investigation but has asked them to take originals of papers through a formal request in the shape of notices.

The Department is the legal custodian of the documents seized from the premises of Mr Geelani and his accomplices.

The Department has video-taped the house of Mr Geelani to find out that the monthly expenditure of Mr Geelani which could be between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh.

The sources said Mr Geelani had filed an income of Rs 17,000 only a couple of years ago in his return.

The Department had found that as many as 15 servants had been working in Mr Geelani’s house and it had collected evidences from the people around, including servants.

The sources said it had concrete evidences of the house which Mr Geelani’s wife claimed to be a rented one actually belonged to Mr Geelani.

The sources said a lot of information on military deployment of classified nature was found in the computer.


Tough time for Geelani in prison

Ranchi, June 11
Used to a lavish lifestyle, jailed Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani must have had a close encounter with mosquitoes last night in the absence of a net demanded by him but denied by the prison authorities.

Lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail here as a general prisoner, Syed Geelani had spent hours arguing with the jail authorities and demanded a table, a cot, a mattress, a mosquito net, and of course, food of his choice — chappatis at lunch and rice for supper.

The high-profile detainee is learnt to have said that if anything happened to him during his stay in the jail it might send ripples across the corridors of power in the country.

The jail administration reportedly denied the facilities sought by him saying that the jail manual did not permit them to extend such facilities to a general prisoner.

However, even the jail authorities are in a fix over the status of the former Chairman of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference inside the Central Jail here.

Syed Geelani was arrested on June 9 from Srinagar under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.

The Hurriyat leader is lodged in a separate room which was prepared to accommodate Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav during his judicial confinement in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in connection with the multi-crore-rupee fodder scam.

The Hurriyat leader, according to sources, spends his time reading local dailies. UNI

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