Yasin Malik arrested ahead of Separatists protest march to Delhi

08 September, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • NIA raids Hurriyat leader Aga Hassan's residence in Budgam

Early in the morning, a NIA team conducted searches at the residence of Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan in Budgam.

The NIA is probing the militancy and separatist funding in Jammu and Kashmir and has already arrested nine people including seven separatist leaders, Sikh lawyer from Jammu and a leading businessman in the Valley. "Those associated with us based on principles of political ideology, our activists aides workers and others are being targeted too", said the Mirwaiz.

He said during searches, FDs worth over Rs 1 crore, lots of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property-related documents, and electronic devices have been seized.

"Sumji's house and shopping complex in Bijbehara were searched for nearly five hours while shopkeepers in his complex were also questioned".

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Besides, he said, "houses of close aides of Shabir Ahmad Shah including Zameer Sheikh (Srinagar) and Razzaq Choudhary (Jammu) were searched". The disclosure by Khan led to NIA raids at several places in Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Srinagar. Both are senior leaders of Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference faction.

At around 8.00 PM, scores of Aga's followers gathered outside his house and at Imambara of Budgam and they held a strong protest against the NIA search operation. The J&K police and the CRPF have laid siege around these locations to facilitate smooth raids, the official sources said.

The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.

However NIA did not arrest any of the suspects on Thursday.

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"Searches are still continuing and the suspects were questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them", Mittal said. The raids were also conducted on house of Firdous Iqbal Wani of Illahibagh Buchpora, Srinagar; Sajad Syed Khan of Ummarabad Zainakoote HMT Srinagar. The houses reportedly belong to LoC traders. The residential house of Imran Kawoosa, Kawoosa and sons at Nowhatta Srinagar was also raided by NIA.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman and Separatist Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik was arrested in Srinagar on Thursday, a day after he, along with two other top separatist leaders Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, threatened to stage a sit-in outside National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi.

The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.

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