NIA moves against aides of separatist leaders

Posted September 08, 2017

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.

Sources said that people in hundreds started marching towards the residence of Hasan after, they accused NIA slueths of misbehaving with the family and harassment.

On Wednesday, the agency had raided 24 places in the Kashmir Valley and in Delhi focusing mainly on traders, who allegedly have links with the case presently under probe by the NIA.

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

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.

The NIA sleuths seized FDs worth Rs 1 crore and other incriminating material during the raids and searches. The J&K police and the CRPF have laid siege around these locations to facilitate smooth raids, the official sources said. Shabir Shah is at present in judicial custody after the Enforcement Directorate arrested him last month in connection with an earlier case of money laundering.

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The raids are being conducted also at various locations in Srinagar and frontier district of Kupwara.

Ahead of the protest march by the separatist leaders to Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to Central Jail on Thursday.

Mittal said that no person has been arrested by the NIA in these raids. The house of Salamabad cross-LoC traders Union President, Hilal Ahmad Khan (Turki) was also raided at Natipora, Nowgam.

Searches were also carried out at Ghulam Nabi Sumji's residence in Anantnag's Bijbehara area.

The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities. It also included causing disruption in the Valley by stone-pelting, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

In its FIR, the NIA mentioned that Hafiz Saeed and separatist leaders, including members of the Hurriyat Conference, have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Let, HM, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and other terrorist organisations for raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and overseas through various illegal channels for funding terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.