A day after three top Kashmiri separatist leaders said they would court arrest outside National Investigation Agency headquarters in New Delhi on September 9, the NIA on Thursday conducted fresh raids on residences of separatist leaders and traders at 10 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in its ongoing investigation into the militancy and separatist funding in the State.
Earlier today, NIA raided Hurriyat leader Aga Hassan's residence in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam. NIA confirmed that the raids were conducted at 20 locations in Srinagar seven locations in New Delhi.
Seven senior resistance leaders and three other persons including a businessman and a photojournalist have been arrested and are now in detention in Delhi.
Using NIA as a tool, Indian leaders first started a media trail and false propaganda against Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq, myself and many others and accused us of funding terror, funding stone pelting and orchestrating an agitation.
"During searches, FD worth over Rs one crore and lots of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property related documents and electronic devices have been seized", said the NIA press release.
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.
Among those whose premises were searched include separatist leaders Ghulam Nabi Sumji and Syed Aga Hassan Budgami, both close to hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.
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A team of the agency raided the house of Abdul Razak Choudhary in Bantlab area of Jammu city.
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 raids continued for over 9 hours", they said.
However NIA did not arrest any of the suspects on Thursday.
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.
Meanwhile, Chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik have made a decision to protest and court arrest at the headquarters of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on Saturday. "A raid was also conducted at a premise at Gurugram". The houses reportedly belong to LoC traders.
A team of NIA also raided two residential houses in Kralpora area in Kupwara district.
The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.