Woman courier of LeT arrested in Srinagar

A day after arresting a close aide of hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a hawala case, police has arrested a woman courier of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and recovered Rs 3 lakh from her possession.

Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 16:31 PM IST

Srinagar: A day after arresting a close
aide of hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah
Geelani in a hawala case, police has arrested a woman courier
of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and recovered Rs 3 lakh from her
possession.

"On specific information, police station Safakadal
arrested one woman courier from Eidgah area of the city last
evening and recovered Rs 3 lakh from her," a police
spokesman said.

He said 45-year-old Nighat Siddiqui, wife of Irshad
Ahmad, was also carrying one leaf of LeT letter head at the
time of the arrest.

The spokesman said the money was to be used for
"disruptive purpose" in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley.

A case under relevant section of Ranbir Penal Code and
Unlawful Activities Act, has been registered against her, he
said.

The arrest of the woman comes a day after police
arrested Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a close aide of Geelani and
head of legal cell of the Hurriyat, and recovered Rs 21.20
lakh hawala money from his possession.

A team of Delhi Police, which arrived here yesterday,
has taken three day`s transit remand for Bhat from a local
court.

Bhat is presently undergoing treatment at SKIMS hospital
Soura for head injury sustained during a scuffle between
police and his relatives at the time of his arrest on
Saturday.

The Delhi Police team are waiting Bhat`s discharge from
the hospital so that he can be taken to the Union capital
for further investigations into the case.

Two other persons, from Kupwara and Sopore in North
Kashmir, have also been arrested in connection with Bhat`s
case.

PTI