Terror funding case: NIA conducts fresh raids on separatists, traders in Kashmir

Nichole Vega
September 8, 2017

Officials said that the prominent persons raided by NIA include Pro-Pakistan faction Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji and Syed Aga Hassan Budgami, apart from two close associates of Shabbir Shah - Zameer Sheikh and Razzaq Choudhary.

Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik was arrested on Thursday and shifted to a Central Jail in Srinagar till September 11, it has been reported.

Last month, the NIA has unearthed incriminating documents pertaining to Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the investigating agency earlier.

The duo which has been accused also of mobilising support against security personnel through the social media, was on Wednesday sent to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation by a Delhi court.

When asked whether the raids would continue, he said, "no comments".

The NIA teams, assisted by state police and paramilitary forces, also raided a dozen places in summer capital, Srinagar, Tangmarg in Baramulla district, Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara on August 16.

The raids come just a day after senior Hurriyat leaders offered to court arrest before the NIA office in New Delhi on September 9.

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

The NIA on Wednesday conducted raids at 11 locations in Srinagar and 5 in Delhi in connection with the Hurriyat Terror Funding case.

"These villainous acts by the government would not break the spirit of the freedom loving people of Kashmir", Mr Malik said before he was arrested from a party office in the city. He was later taken to a nearby police station.

Meanwhile, the authorities placed Mr. Geelani and the Mirwaiz under house arrest.

Hardline senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani continues to be under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence.

The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to the separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to foment unrest in the valley.

Litigators continued to suffer as lawyers across the valley abstained from work due to a strike called by High Court (HC) Bar Association, Kashmir, against National Investigation Agency's summon to its president advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom in connection with terror funding in the state. It is pertinent to mention that united resistance leadership has made a decision to go to Delhi on 9th September and court arrest before NIA. Both area close confidants of Shabir Shah, who is now in Tihar Jail following arrest by Enforcement Directorate on July 25.

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