Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to appear before NIA

New Delhi: Moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will appear before the NIA Monday in connection with a case related to terror funding after he was assured by the probe agency that his security would be ensured, officials said here Sunday. He was served a third summon recently in which he was given an assurance that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would ensure complete security to him.

Hurriyat Conference leaders Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Maulana Abbas Ansari have also decided to rally behind the Mirwaiz and would be accompanying him to the NIA headquarters to express their solidarity, members of the separatist conglomerate said.

The NIA had on February 26 carried out searches at premises of several leaders, including the Mirwaiz The NIA had earlier questioned two maternal uncles of the Mirwaiz — Maulvi Manzoor and Maulvi Shafat — and his close aides last year. Both Manzoor and Shafat are retired senior government officers.

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