In a major crackdown on terror funding, The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today carried out searches at 14 places in Kashmir and eight places in the national capital Delhi, reported PTI. The agency added that these raids were conducted in connection with terror funding received from Pakistan for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley. NIA had registered a Preliminary Enquiry on this matter and later converted it into a Regular Case (RC) on Friday evening. The searches were conducted in wee hours at the residences of second-rung separatist leaders in the Valley.
Apart from this, eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, PTI stated citing official sources. Among those raided were close aides and kins of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others in the Hurriyat Conference. Meanwhile, ANI reported that raids are also underway at office and commercial locations. Along with this, two places in Sonepat were also being searched by the NIA teams in this connection.
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As per the agency, the raids follow questioning of three separatists: Nayeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation purportedly confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, in the national capital last month. The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from the Chief of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments, reported PTI.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi on his visit to Russia sent a strong message to Pakistan on cross-border firing. The comments came in the wake of escalated situation between India and Pakistan following a series of ceasefire violation. PM Modi PM Modi and President of the Spanish government Mariano Rajoy had also asserted on zero tolerance to terrorism.