The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday raided as many as 14 locations in Kashmir and 8 in Delhi and Haryana in connection with a case of alleged funding received by separatist groups for conducting subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley. The NIA suspected these locations to be involved with terror funding received from Pakistan. The investigative agency has also logged an FIR against 26/11 terror attack masterminds Hafiz Saeed and Lash-e-Taiba over the issue. Week after registering the FIRs, different NIA team that has been camping in the Valley from the past few days, moved under heavy escort from their camp offices located at Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Here are the 5 key developments that have taken place in the case so far:
i) As per PTI, those who were raided by the NIA in Kashmir included Altaf Fantoosh, the son-in-law of hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, businessman Zahoor Watali, Shahid-ul-Islam, leader of Awami Action Committee led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and some second rung separatist leaders belonging to both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF.
Near about Rs 1.5 crore along with scrutinized documents were seized from various locations in Kashmir Valley, PTI quoted NIA official saying.
ii) Since the military has raised its ugly head in early 1990, this is for the first time that a central probe agency has conducted such extensive raids in connection with the terror funding to separatist.
iii) Earlier in 2002, the Income Tax (IT) department had carried out searches against separatist leaders, including Geelani, and had seized cash and other documents. However, no criminal case were registered against people who were connected in the case.
iv) PTI also said that no separatist leader from the Valley has been named in the FIR registered by the NIA. However organisations like the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Milat and Lashker-e-Taiba besides Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul Dawah Hafeez Saeed have been mentioned.
The probe agency had also registered a preliminary inquiry and has raided around 8 hawala dealers and traders.
v) The NIA has also said that these separatists were allegedly receiving funds from Saeed, to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley which includes pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.