Banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit's head Syed Salahuddin may be on the most wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) but he remains faceless on the website of the country's premier anti-terror force.
The CBI also was apparently not aware that the image of Salahuddin was not on its website before the probe agency posted it today, 14 years after Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against him.
The NIA-- set up in the aftermath of 2008 Mumbai terror attack-- claimed his involvement in funding of various terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir and had put him on its official website as most wanted with a noting "Image not available".
The NIA has given his address and age as 66 years correctly but in the image section, the premier agency apparently has not managed to get a picture posted.
The NIA officials, when contacted, were not willing to comment on the issue notwithstanding the fact that India has handed over many dossiers to Pakistan seeking his deportation from that country.
NIA had registered a case in 2011 in the wake of allegations that Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the most active terror outfits in J and K with strong bases in Pulwama, Kupwara, Sopore, Budgam, Doda, Baramula and Srinagar, is being regularly and systematically funded from across the border for the purpose of promoting terrorist activities in India.
An Interpol Red Corner warrant "A-66/2-1998" was issued against Mohammed Yusuf Shah alias Salahuddin, who heads a conglomerate of terror outfits-- United Jehad Council, in 1998 at the request of Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in various terror related activities.
The funding from across the border is being routed through a frontal organization of Hizb going by the name of Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trusts (JKART) which has its head office in Rawalpindi and branches in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad in PoK.
This organisation was formed in 1990 for operating refugee camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for Kashmiris who crossed over to Pakistan after militancy broke out in the state in the 1990s.
The NIA probe claims Salahuddin has also used JKART as a front to fund militant activities in various parts of the state and had pumped in more than Rs 80 crore in the last two years through various conduits.
To a query to Interpol unit in the CBI about Salahuddin being faceless on its website, the agency was hard put to explain but at around 5 pm today his photo appeared on the website along with the address.
The picture was that of one sent by a police post in Soibugh in Budgam in Central Kashmir. It gives Salahuddin's year of birth as 1952 whereas in the official records it is 1946.