NIA raids houses of Aga Hassan, Sumji, Bakhshi brothers

08 September, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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The NIA on Thursday raided the house of senior separatist leader and influential Shia cleric Syed Agha Hassan as well as the houses of other separatist leaders and their aides in Kashmir Valley as part of its massive searches in the terror-funding case probe.

In its FIR, the NIA mentioned that Hafiz Saeed and separatist leaders, including members of the Hurriyat Conference, have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Let, HM, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and other terrorist organisations for raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and overseas through various illegal channels for funding terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

Seven senior resistance leaders and three other persons including a businessman and a photojournalist have been arrested and are now in detention in Delhi.

Meanwhile, sources said that the protesting people have called for a protest on Friday against the harassment by NIA to the Aga family. During searches fixed deposits of Rs 1 crore and "incriminating documents" and "suspicious financial records" and electronic devices were seized, the NIA said.

Mr Qayoom was questioned by the agency for over seven hours on Wednesday.

Zameer Ahman, a close aide of separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 25, was quizzed at Gulshan Nagar-Nowgam in Srinagar.

With the arrest of two youth, the NIA has so far arrested 10 people, including spokespersons of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference, two sons and son-in-law of hardline HC chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani since last month after their questioning in Srinagar. The house of Bakshi's elder brother Shakeel Bakshi was also raided.

They said that the move was to counter the NIA's "harassment". It said that raids were conducted at 9 locations in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Gurugram. "They are suspected of fuelling secessionist and subversive activities in the State", IG NIA said. The raids were also conducted on house of Firdous Iqbal Wani of Illahibagh Buchpora, Srinagar; Sajad Syed Khan of Ummarabad Zainakoote HMT Srinagar.

Searches were also carried out at Ghulam Nabi Sumji's residence in Anantnag's Bijbehara area.



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