NIA raids Hurriyat brass, LoC traders

Continuing its crackdown on separatists, the National Investigation Agency conducted raids in Kashmir, Jammu, Delhi and Gurugram on Hurriyat leaders, suspect LoC traders and CAs working for hawala dealers and recovered several documents which links terror funding received from Pakistan to the separatists.

Officials said that the prominent persons raided by NIA include Pro-Pakistan faction Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji and Syed Aga Hassan Budgami, apart from two close associates of Shabbir Shah ­ Zameer Sheikh and Razzaq Choudhary. From Razzaq's place, three arms a pistol, a double-barrel gun and a .315 bore rifle were recovered, possession of which is being investigated. The offices of chartered accountants working for arrested Kashmir valley businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali were also searched.

NIA officials recovered fixed deposits worth Rs.1 crore, suspect financial records, property related documents and other incriminating papers, which are being analysed. All of them, NIA said, are suspected of fuelling secessionist and subversive activities in J&K. The central agency has paced its probe in Jammu and Kashmir terror funding and is planning to question alleged mastermind of all the subversive activities in the Valley, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, by end of this month.

Meanwhile, ED is also probing money laundering by separatists/hawala traders/LoC traders while funding terror stone pelting activities in the Valley. It will soon formally file a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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