Hurriyat terror funding: Two advocates, a government official under NIA scanner

NIA conduct searches at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara over terror-funding case

NIA conduct searches at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara over terror-funding case

Officials said the raids were conducted on the residence of Advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi, who is a close relative of PDP MLC Yasir Reshi, and houses of close relatives of leading businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali.

Premises belonging to family, relatives and aides of influential businessman Zahoor Watali and Shafi Rishi were also raided.

Sources said Watali, who has been under the NIA scanner for almost two months and was called for repeated questioning at the agency's Delhi headquarters, was quizzed afresh while the raids went on for hours at his premises on Wednesday.

Officials in the central probe agency said the searches are being carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. Peerzada Nabi's house was also searched by the NIA.

"She after interrogation has been lodged in Women's police station Rambagh, Srinagar, where no one is allowed to meet her", the statement informed. "Some of the documents seized relate to receipt of money from suspect foreign sources and distribution of money so received to certain persons in the Kashmir valley", said the NIA spokesperson.

Strongly condemning the raids on its Executive Member, Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association said Reshi is a pro-freedom activist, who has all along pleaded the cause of the people, both inside and outside the court.

The probe agency had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of militancy and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest.

Top sources told Kashmir Dispatch that Inspector General of the NIA arrived in the valley yesterday and multiple raids are underway in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. Watali is under NIA scanner for past two months but he has not been officially named in the case yet.

The NIA registered the case on May 30, accusing separatist and secessionist leaders of being involved with terrorist groups.

The raid was also underway in Aloochi Bagh area of Srinagar.

Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Shah is among those arrested.

"The NIA conducted searches at 12 locations belonging to separatists and hawala operators in Kashmir Valley in connection with the Kashmir terror funding case". Other arrested are Nayeem Khan, Ayaz Akbar Khanday, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah (all from Geelani's faction of Hurriyat), Shahid-ul-Islam (of the Hurriyat faction led by the Mirwaiz) and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karatay of a faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

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