The National Investigation Agency (NIA), in a major crackdown in terror funding, carried raids in 14 places in Kashmir, eight locations in the national capital Delhi and two places in Haryana today a PTI report said. During their search operations, sleuths found Rs.1.15 crore cash, property related other incriminating documents, said an ANI report on the development.
Officials also seized letterheads of Lashkar E Taiba, pen drives and laptops during their raids. As per PTI, NIA conducted these raids in connection with terror funding from Pakistan for carrying out disruptive activities in the Kashmir Valley.
The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry on the matter and had also converted it into a Regular Case (RC) couple of days back. Raids were conducted early morning at the residences of second-rung separatist leaders in the Valley.
NIA also conducted raids in premises of eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital, the PTI said quoting official sources. Those raided include close relatives of hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others from the Hurriyat Conference. Apart from these places, the agency also conducted raids in two places in Sonepat, an ANI report said.
According to the agency, raids were conducted following questing of three separatists, Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’ and Gazi Javed Baba in the national capital in May.
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They allegedly got funds fromLashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed in order to carry out disruptive activities in the Kashmir Valley, which included pelting stones at security forces, destroying public property and burning schools and other government offices, a PTI report said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Russia, had sent a strong message to Pakistan on cross-border firing. His comments had come following escalated situation between India and Pakistan after a series of ceasefire violation from the neighbouring country.