The National Investigation Agency on Friday questioned senior separatist leader and president Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi, triggering a shutdown in parts of Budgam district.Officials said he was let off after questioning at Humhama police station. The NIA had issued a notice to Aga Hasan on Thursday.
The agency had conducted a raid at his residence in Budgam district in September last year in connection with funding case that was registered on May 30 last year.
Scores of protestors took to streets to protest against the revered Shia cleric and leader’s questioning. A complete shutdown was observed in Budgam and Magam towns of the district. Anjuman-e-Sharie-Shian, a religio-political organisation headed by Hassan, had called for the strike.
Peoples Democratic Party president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday expressed “disappointment” over summoning of Aga Syed Al-Hassan Al-Mousvi by the National Investigation Agency.
In a statement, the PDP chief stated that it is “high time that the government of India sees the futility of its muscular policies and not treat everybody as a criminal in Kashmir.”
“Aga Syed Hassan is a respected and revered religious leader and it is disappointing that NIA is now busy issuing summons to the people of moral courage and mental calibre,” she said, according to the statement. “The entire process now looks nothing less than a witch-hunt and such steps instead of helping find a solution to problems confronting the state will further complicate the situation.”