Terror funding case: NIA searches 11 more locations

Kristi Paul
September 8, 2017

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested by police and sent to central jail in Srinagar, reported Times Now channel on Thursday evening.

Malik, who had warned to launch a protest against the NIA in Delhi, was nabbed from his Abi Guzar office in Srinagar.

On Wednesday, the NIA carried out searches at eleven places in various parts of the valley and five places in Delhi.

When asked whether the raids would continue, he said, "no comments". Both are senior leaders of Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference faction.

Police today afternoon cordoned the JKLF offices and arrested Yasin sahib.

The NIA sleuths seized FDs worth Rs 1 crore and other incriminating material during the raids and searches.

In Srinagar, another NIA team raided the joint house of JKLF leader and one-time "District Commander" Shaukat Bakhshi and his brother Shakeel Bakhshi at Gausiya Colony, Bemina. Choudhary is s property dealer and believed to be close to Shabir Shah.

On Wednesday, the agency had raided 24 places in the Kashmir Valley and in Delhi focusing mainly on traders, who allegedly have links with the funding case presently under probe by the NIA. "They had planned a secret meeting and to foil that we arrested Malik and placed Mirwaiz and Geelani under house arrest". Among the arrested separatist leaders includes Gelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Funtoosh.

The NIA is also questioning Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom and Naeem Geelani and Naseem Geelani, sons of Syed Ali Geelani. It is pertinent to mention that united resistance leadership has chose to go to Delhi on 9th September and court arrest before NIA.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate is likely to register a money laundering case against some separatist leaders facing investigation by the NIA on charges of receiving terror funding from across the border to stoke unrest in the valley. The officials have said that the seizures have caused dent to terror funding and sponsoring stone-pelting in the Valley which is evident from the fact that less number of stone-pelting incidents have taken place during the past couple of months and there has been a turnaround also in the overall ground situation.

NIA investigated the whole matter as a case registered on May 30 in which the leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was named as an accused.

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