Terror funding case: NIA searches 11 more locations

Bill Rogers
September 8, 2017

The National Investigation Agency raided the house of Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan and seized almost Rs 2.20 crore cash in Kashmir's Budgam on Thursday.

This is for the first time since the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s that a central probe agency has conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups. Sources said two houses and a shopping complex were raided by the NIA in Srinagar and Kupwara.

Seven senior resistance leaders and three other persons including a businessman and a photojournalist have been arrested and are now in detention in Delhi.

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".

"Sumji's house and shopping complex in Bijbehara were searched for nearly five hours while shopkeepers in his complex were also questioned".

One of the places where raids were conducted belonged to Abdul Razak, a close aide of separatist Shabir Shah.

The NIA also raided the residence of prominent separatist Shia leader Aga Syed Hussain Badgami, who is also part of Syed Ali Shah Geelani-headed faction of the Hurriyat Conference. It said that raids were conducted at 9 locations in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Gurugram.

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In Srinagar, another NIA team raided the joint house of JKLF leader and one-time "District Commander" Shaukat Bakhshi and his brother Shakeel Bakhshi at Gausiya Colony, Bemina.

Watali, a top businessman who runs businesses outside India as well, is in NIA custody in Delhi. NIA is a carrying out the professional task assigned to them.

The offices of the Chartered Accountants of Hawala operator Zahoor Watali and residences of suspect LoC traders were also searched.

He added that searches are "still continuing" and "the suspects are being questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them". The house of Salamabad cross-LoC traders Union President, Hilal Ahmad Khan (Turki) was also raided at Natipora, Nowgam.

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

On Wednesday, separatists Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had said that they will protest outside the NIA headquarters on September 9 against, what they termed as, "vilification of Kashmiri" people by the investigation agency.

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