Published On: Wed, Aug 16th, 2017

Terror funding case: NIA conducts searches at 12 places in J&K

New Delhi/Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided a dozen places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with its ongoing probe into the terror funding to foment unrest in the valley involving Hurriyat leaders.

Of the 21 people, 17 are from Kasargode district in the northern tip of Kerala

They were arrested on the charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India

A senior NIA official said that the searches were carried out in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara to probe the terror funding from Pakistan and terror groups based there.

Those searched included three close associates of Zahoor Watali, a prominent businessman in Kashmir, who was already under the NIA scanner and has been quizzed by the agency officials earlier.

Prior to the current round of raids, Watali’s residence in Gurugram, Delhi and Srinagar were raided in June.

On July 24, the NIA arrested seven separatist leaders — Altaf Ahmed Shah “Funtoosh”, Nayeem Khan, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam and Ayaz Akbar Khandey and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate.

They were arrested on the charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan.

Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Ayaz Akbar is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

On August 8, the NIA also questioned several persons, including the two sons of Geelani — Naeem and Naseem Geelani; Faheem Ali, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who was personal security officer of Umar Farooq; and Devender Singh Behl, a lawyer associated with Geelani.

Sources say that next in line for questioning is senior leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani himself.

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