Terror funding case: NIA raids houses of two separatists in Kashmir

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The residents of Shariatabad Budgam on thursday stormed into the residence of Aga Syed Hasan, senior Hurriyat leader where NIA slueths were conducting a raid and raised massive slogans against the investigating agency.

The NIA raided the residence of Hurriyat leader Aga Hassan in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

On Wednesday, the agency had raided 24 places in the Kashmir Valley and in Delhi focusing mainly on traders, who allegedly have links with the funding case presently under probe by the NIA.

The NIA is said to be probing all aspects of funding to the separatist leaders and how they reportedly used these funds to foment unrest in the valley.

Using NIA as a tool, Indian leaders first started a media trail and false propaganda against Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq, myself and many others and accused us of funding terror, funding stone pelting and orchestrating an agitation.

NIA officials recovered fixed deposits worth Rs 1 crore, suspect financial records, property related documents and other incriminating papers, which are being analysed with the help of CAs and income tax department officials.

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All roads leading to the house of Aga Hassan, a Shia leader, were closed before the NIA personnel arrived there.

The NIA teams also raided Al-Hyder Complex and offices of chartered accountants of Zahoor Watali at Hyderpora in Srinagar. The J&K police and the CRPF have laid siege around these locations to facilitate smooth raids, the official sources said.

"Searches are still continuing and the suspects were questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them", Mittal said.

The NIA sleuths raided residences of businessmen Abdul Khaliq Mir at Kralpora, Kupwara and Ghulam Rasool Magray and his neighbour Amin Magray of Sudarpora Kandi, Kupwara. "A raid was also conducted at a premise at Gurugram". The residential house of Imran Kawoosa, Kawoosa and sons at Nowhatta Srinagar was also raided by NIA.

Three top Kashmiri separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had threatened to stage a sit-in outside the NIA headquarters in Delhi on September 9 and court arrest to protest against, what they termed as, "vilification" of Kashmiri people by the investigation agency.

The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.