June 2017 News

NIA Conducts Fresh Raids In Kashmir, Seizes Foreign Currency

4 June 2017
Times of India
Neeraj Chauhan

New Delhi: A day after recovering cash worth Rs 2.50 crore, letter heads of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen during raids on separatists, the National Investigation Agency continued its raid at five places on Sunday as well and recovered US dollars and currencies of Saudi Arabia and UAE. The agency said in a statement that raids were conducted at Srinagar, Jammu and Gurgaon on Sunday including premises of separatists, traders and hawala operators suspected to terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir. NIA added that it had detected several bank accounts, foreign currencies apart from other incriminating material like correspondence with jailed troublemakers, suspicious transactions and mobile phones. Some of the prominent persons raided include former president of LoC Traders' Association Tariq Ahmed Khan, Farooq Baggu and Kamal alias Bittu of Jammu. The house of one Zahoor Watali in Gurgaon was also searched. NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal said that these persons were questioned as well during the searches. NIA sources said that they have strong evidence to prove that the civil unrest and stone pelting in Kashmir valley was being funded from Pakistan through separatists. The agency sources said that there could be arrests also in the matter soon. The NIA wants to be completely sure about the evidence before registering the FIR. Several hawala dealers are under the scanner for helping separatists get the money routed from a third country. Sources say they are also investigating if shell companies based in India or abroad were used for the funding, which run into several crores. The Lashkar-e-Taiba, sources say, is well funded and helped by ISI for subversive activities in Kashmir valley. On Saturday, NIA teams raided 23 places in Delhi, Haryana and J&K and found Rs 2.50 crore in cash and letterheads of Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT. Other material seized on Saturday included property-related documents, pen-drives, laptops, and incriminating documents. Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have condemned the raids alleging that NIA has been given the task just to drag and involve Hurriyat leadership into fabricated cases to pressurise the leadership.