Terror funding case: NIA raids 11 places in J&K, NCR

Day after threatening to march to NIA office in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday raided the houses of the close associates of Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. An NIA spokesman said nine places in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Gurugram (Haryana) were searched in connection with the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case and channelling of funds through trade across the Line of Control (LoC).

Continuing with its probe in the funding of terror and separatist activities in the Kashmir Valley, the NIA had yesterday arrested Bhat and Yusuf.

Mittal said that during the NIA searches, "FDs (fixed deposits) worth over Rs 1 crore and a lot of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property-related documents and electronic devices were seized".

Mr Qayoom was questioned by the agency for over seven hours on Wednesday.

The NIA team also raided houses of JKLF leader Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and his brother Shakeel Ahmad Bakhshi in Bemina area of Srinagar.

SHO Budgam Rafi Ahmad told Kashmir Reader, "The NIA team left the residence of Agha Hassan around 7pm and reached Srinagar safely".

He said that so-called PDP government which to befool people is trying to portray that as if it knows nothing about NIA terror, is actually acting as an abettor and facilitator to NIA and today my arrest, and the house arresting Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq actually exposes dubious politics of PDP rulers.

The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.

At around 8.00 PM, scores of Aga's followers gathered outside his house and at Imambara of Budgam and they held a strong protest against the NIA search operation. Watali, who is considered as a political broker, was arrested by the NIA last month. The J&K police and the CRPF have laid siege around these locations to facilitate smooth raids, the official sources said.

Meanwhile, Chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik have made a decision to protest and court arrest at the headquarters of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on Saturday.

Mittal said that no person has been arrested by the NIA in these raids.

Meanwhile NIA also raided the residence of Hurriyat-G General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji at Bijbehara in South Kashmir.

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