NIA continues raids in Kashmir

Ken Copeland
September 8, 2017

Sources said amid tight security the NIA teams conducted raids at residences of Hurriyat (G) leaders Syed Agha Hassan at Budgam and Ghulam Nabi Sumji at Bijbehara.

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.

The arrest of Malik and the Mirwaiz's house arrest came a day after the separatist leaders announced they would go to New Delhi to court arrest before the agency headquarters on September 9 in protest against the anti-terror agency's crackdown in the Valley.

The NIA teams also raided Al-Hyder Complex and offices of chartered accountants of Zahoor Watali at Hyderpora in Srinagar.

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.

The most important raid was conducted on the residential house of the senior separatist leader and prominent Shia cleric, Aga Syed Hassan, at Budgam.

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On Wednesday NIA conducted several raids at the houses of businessmen in Srinagar and New Delhi. An NIA spokesman said nine places in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Gurugram (Haryana) were searched in connection with the Jammu and Kashmir terror funding case and channelling of funds through trade across the Line of Control (LoC).

He said during searches, FDs worth over Rs 1 crore, lots of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property-related documents, and electronic devices have been seized.

Meanwhile, police arrested JKLF chief Malik from his party's Abi Guzar office in Srinagar city.

Meanwhile, Chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik have chose to protest and court arrest at the headquarters of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on Saturday. The chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar were placed under arrest in their houses and a large contingent of police were deployed outside their houses. Among the arrested separatist leaders includes Gelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Funtoosh.

President of Kashmir Bar Association Mian Qayoom was questioned by the NIA for almost seven hours on Wednesday.

"All district and Mufassil Bar Associations, besides HC lawyers in the Valley abstained from court work for the third successive day Thursday", a member for the J&K HC Bar Association told UNI.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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