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Farooq demands IT probe against Geelani, other separatists

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah. File photo

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah. File photo  

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Union Minister Farooq Abdullah today demanded a probe into what he said collections made by Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatists in the name of youths killed in last year’s summer unrest in the Valley and rebuilding the gutted Chrar-e-Sharief shrine.

“Investigation should be conducted by the Income Tax department into the huge money collected by Mr. Geelani and other separatists in the name of boys killed in 2010 unrest and rebuilding the Chrar-e-Sharief shrine,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

“When the shrine was burnt, Mr. Geelani blew the bugle not to accept government money for its construction. But where is the three crore rupees he collected? He has not given the account,” the National Conference chief said.

Targeting Mr. Geelani, the Minister for New and Renewable Energy said “what is he telling people? When boys were killed last year, money was collected. Where is the money? This must be investigated.”

Alleging that the separatists were getting money from undisclosed sources, Mr. Abdullah said the authorities had failed to dig out this information.

“We all know that they (separatists) are getting money from all over. Hawala money is coming in. We are unable to trace the sources to this day,” he said.

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