NIA raids 14 places in Kashmir, 8 in Delhi in connection with terror funding

"NIA raids also underway against hawala operators, and at separatist leaders' house, office and commercial locations," sources said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2017 1:17 pm
NIA, NIA raids, kashmir terror, terror funding case, india news Jammu and Kashmir: NIA raids underway at Hurriyat leader Raja Kalwal’s residence; visuals from his residence in Srinagar.

The National Intelligence Agency on Saturday raided 14 places in Kashmir and 8 in Delhi in connection with reports of terror funding in the Valley. “Raids are being conducted at 8 locations in Delhi-Haryana and 14 locations in Kashmir,” NIA sources told news agency ANI. The agency had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry into the case which was later converted into regular case (RC) last evening.

“NIA raids also underway against hawala operators, and at separatist leaders’ house, office and commercial locations,” sources told ANI. Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, they added.

The agency started searches in the wee hours of Saturday at the houses of second-rung separatist leaders in the Valley, according to news agency PTI. Aides and kins of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani were among those whose houses were raided by the agency on Friday, including Altaf Fantoosh, his the son-in-law. Businessman Zahoor Watali, Shahid-ul-Islam, leader of Awami Action Committee, Naaem Khan and Hurriat leader Raja Kalwal in Srinagar, were also among those whose were houses were raided by the agency, as per news agencies.. Two places in Sonepat in Haryana were also being searched by the NIA teams.

The agency seized nearly Rs 1.5 crore from various locations in the Kashmir Valley, besides documents which were being scrutinised, officials said. While no separatist leader from the Valley has been named in the FIR registered by the NIA, organisations like the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Milat and Lashker-e-Taiba besides Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul Dawah Hafeez Saeed have been mentioned.

The raids were carried out following the questioning of three separatists leaders Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed and Gazi Javed Baba who were allegedly receiving funds from 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. The separatists were allegedly being asked to carry out subversive activities in Valley. including stone pelting at armed forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.

(Inputs from PTI and ANI)

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    Babu Gupta
    Jun 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    NIA should also conduct raid on the places of Mani Shankar Aiyar and Aundhati Roy. These are equally dangerous for the country.
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      vivek
      Jun 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm
      well done NIA this shows that how separatists and their hidden supports were blood sucking leeches feeding on blood of country and harming it at the same time.
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        Apte
        Jun 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm
        1. Earlier it was umed that dissidents, who are known as ‘separatists, may be receiving funds from stan’s intelligence agency ISI or ISI funded terrorist outfits JeM, and/or JeT. Now raids by National Investigation Agency (NIA) have just confirmed that indeed that umption is true. 2. NDA government has consistently refused to have a dialogue with the separatists and stand of the government is based on sound knowledge of the separatists’ anti-national activities. Here, let us also not forget here that extreme Muslim fundamentalism has received financial or arms support from governments in stan. In a way today’s ISIS is an offshoot of terrorist outfits like Taliban, JeM and JeT, the latter two being creations of stan’s intelligence agency ISI. 3. stan often claims to be a victim of terrorism but it conveniently overlooks the fact that its intelligence agency ISI is directly involved in providing all kinds of istance to terror outfits like JeM and JeT.
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          Rakesh
          Jun 3, 2017 at 1:53 pm
          Was it known to intelligence agencies ? Why such dela action ?
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            gogogo
            Jun 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm
            Close the funding source and hit the leaders hard. Terrorism will stop.
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              Mohmed
              Jun 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm
              Were any Congress or NC members there among those arrested?
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                Mohan
                Jun 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm
                Was any one arrested ?
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                Vasudevan Venugopal
                Jun 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm
                Well done NIA. Kudos.
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                  David
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 11:14 am
                  Congress fed them biryani. Raid the Abdullahs too.
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                    David
                    Jun 3, 2017 at 11:12 am
                    Why comments from patriots are suspended. Shame on Indian Express.
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                      Mohmed
                      Jun 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm
                      Right dear but the media is still under the Italian rule.
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