Building on the Centre's momentum to crackdown on terror and its promoters in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, chief of banned outfit, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday (10 April 2019) in a case related to the funding of terror and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.
Malik was brought down to Delhi from Jammu's Kot Balwal jail, where was being kept in preventive custody by the Jammu and Kashmir police since February 2019. The development took place after a special NIA court in Jammu gave the go ahead for his custodial interrogation by it. Thereafter, he was shifted to Delhi's Tihar jail under police protection.
The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala transactions, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.
Malik also faces two other CBI cases against him, one relating to the kidnapping of daughter of former Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in 1989, another with respect to killing of four Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel in 1990.
JKLF was banned last month (March 2019) by the Union government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.