In Jammu & Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a follow up action in the J&K terror funding case, has conducted raids at around 12 locations in Baramulla & Handwara in North Kashmir and Srinagar.
The central agency has been investigating the terror funding case in the state. Sources said raids were also conducted in the house of a prominent businessman. They said the raids were being conducted at Kurhama area in Tangmarg area of Baramulla district.
Sources revealed that NIA also searched a house in Machipora area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. However, there were no reports of any arrests so far.
Sources said these raids were being carried out on the residences of relatives and acquaintances of a businessman who is one of the accused in the funding case.
Last month, NIA arrested seven separatist leaders including Nayeem Khan, son in law of Syed Ali Geelani Altaf Ahmad Shah, Media advisor to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate.
Most of the arrested are in judicial remand in Delhi. The NIA conducted widespread searches on the suspected persons in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana and incriminating documents, electronic devices, cash and other valuables worth crore of rupees were unearthed.
Another separatist leader Shabir Shah was arrested by Enforcement Directorate last month in connection with a money laundering case against him for financing terrorism in the state.In this case, NIA had also summoned two sons of separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani for questioning at its headquarter in Delhi.
NIA had registered a case on 30th of May this year against the separatist leaders including Hurriyat Conference for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various means including hawala, for funding terrorism in the State.