February 2019 News

NIA Raids Mirwaiz, Malik's Residences, 5 Other Locations

26 February 2019
Kashmir Observer

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday carried out searches at seven locations, including on the premises of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, in connection with a case registered at the behest of government of India. The agency said it recovered 'high-tech internet communication setup' from the residence of the Mirwaiz. It also claimed to have recovered letter heads of militant groups and visa recommendation letters for admission in Pakistan-based educational institutions from several locations. The NIA team, accompanied by local police and CRPF personnel, swooped on residences of some of the resistance leaders, including the Mirwaiz, Naseem Geelani, son of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and chairman of Tehrek-e-Hurriyat Ashraf Sehrai, they said. 'During the searches, NIA teams recovered incriminating documents including property papers, financial transactions receipts and bank account details. Electronic devices including laptops, e-tablets, mobile phones, pen drives, communication system and DVRs were also seized during the searches,' the NIA spokesperson said. 'A high-tech internet communication setup was also recovered from the residence of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq,' he said. Besides these, the houses of JKLF leader Yaseen Malik, Shabir Shah, Zaffar Bhat and Masarat Alam were also raided. Barring the Mirwaiz and Sehrai, all other leaders were inside jail for quite some time. 'The searched premises included those belonging to top separatist leaders namely Yaseen Malik, Chairman JKLF, Shabir Shah, President JKDFP, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Chairman Awami Action Committee, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat,Masarat Alam, General Secretary APHC, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Chairman JKSM and Naseem Geelani, son of Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani,' the spokesperson said here. The NIA had questioned two maternal uncles of the Mirwaiz, Maulvi Manzoor and Maulvi Shafat and his aides last year. Both of them are retired senior government officers. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the funding of terrorist activities, including those who pelted stones on security forces, burnt down schools and damaged government establishments. The case names Hafeez Saeed, Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud Dawah as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Meanwhile soon after the NIA raided Malik's residence, youth took to streets and pelted stones at government forces which also houses the JKLF's head office at Maisuma. The police and paramilitary personnel deployed in the area fired tear smoke shells and pellets at the youth, leading to intense clashes. Shops and business establishments in Maisuma and adjacent areas including Lal Chowk were shut.