The entrance to separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s residence has been sealed by Jammu and Kashmir police, according to Times Now report. It has been learned that another separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been put under house arrest. Notably, Hurriyat leaders had called a meeting scheduled for this morning after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had conducted raids at 23 locations in Kashmir, Haryana and the national capital on June 3, according to India Today report. The raids were carried out in connection with a case of alleged funding received by separatist groups for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley.
NIA had registered an FIR last week. NIA had raided Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Fantoosh, 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.
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Earlier on May 19, NIA had registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) against Geelani, for alleged involvement in subversive activities and receiving funds from LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. The others named in the PE are Naeem 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, PTI quoted an NIA spokesman as having said.
The agency had seized nearly Rs 1.5 crore from various locations in the Kashmir Valley, besides documents which were being scrutinised, officials were quoted as sayinmg by PTI. The raids were carried out following the questioning of three separatist leaders — 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. It was alleged that the separatists were receiving funds from the chief of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed. The funds were given 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.