Terror funding: NIA raids Separatist leaders Raja Kalwal, Naeem Khan’s residences

The NIA is probing all aspects of funding of separatist leaders and use of these funds in fuelling the unrest in the Valley.

Published: 03rd June 2017 10:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2017 11:32 PM   |  A+A-

A Central Industrial Security Force guard stands outside the office of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi. (File | AFP)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In a massive crackdown of terror funding, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted multiple raids at multiple locations belong to separatist leaders at Delhi, Haryana and Kashmir valley.

During these raids, investigating sleuths claimed to seized at least Rs 1.5 crore cash and incriminating documents alongwith letterheads of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hijbul Mujahideen (HM), pen-drives, laptops were also seized from the locations.

According to official sources, the some of the separatists' names whose locations are being raided are Hurriyat leader Raja Kalwal, and the recently suspended Hurriyat leader Naeem Khan. At least eight locations in Delhi and Haryana and 14 locations in Srinagar were raided by NIA on Saturday.

The NIA is probing all aspects of funding of separatist leaders and use of these funds in fuelling the unrest in the Valley.

Sources claimed that the investigative agency had registered a Preliminary Enquiry and converted it into a Regular Case (RC) on Friday evening and began searches in the wee hours at the residences of separatist leaders in the Valley. Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, official sources said. Two places in Sonepat were also being searched by the NIA teams in this connection.

The NIA, earlier in May, visited Srinagar to probe into the alleged funding by Pakistan for illegal activities in Kashmir, and questioned the separatist leaders regarding their involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through Hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir.

The sleuths from the agency have questioned separatist leaders Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate and Gazi Javed Baba in the case.

The NIA has collected details of 13 accused charge sheeted so far in the cases in the Valley in the recent past, pertaining to the damage caused to schools and public property as part of the larger conspiracy to perpetuate violence and chaos in Kashmir.

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