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Scribe held for alleged Hizb link

New Delhi, May 10: The editor of a Kashmir news agency has been arrested on suspicion of channelling funds to a Pakistan-based militant organisation operating in the Kashmir valley.

Police seized Rs 6.5 lakh and a pistol from Ghulam Mohideen Bhatt, alias Raja Mohideen. Bhatt, 35, is the editor of Kashmir Press Service and reportedly a director of the Urdu daily Tameel-e-Ershad.

Bhatt was picked up from Delhi’s Amar Colony, where he had been staying with a friend.

The police allege he had come to Delhi four days ago to collect the Rs 6.5 lakh hawala sum from an Old Delhi-based dealer.

Bhatt has been booked under the Arms Act and remanded in two days of police custody. The police say the editor may be booked under the anti-terror legislation after preliminary investigations.

They say Bhatt’s arrest will affect the funding of Hizb-ul Mujahideen cadre operating in Kashmir.

The police allege that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence was using Bhatt to siphon money through hawala channels for the Hizb cadres. Bhatt has reportedly been working for the militant outfit for the last six years.

A five-member Delhi police team today reached Kashmir and carried out searches at Bhatt’s Chanapora residence and the Kashmir Press Service office. Both have been sealed.

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