ED to register money laundering case against separatist leaders

Posted September 08, 2017

█ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ Yasin Malik held, Mirwaiz put under house arrest A day ahead of the planned sit-in by the separatists outside the NIA headquarter in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik was arrested while Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest. "The NIA raided early today and searched the house till about 3pm", sources said.

During in-chamber proceedings, the NIA also said the two had to be taken to various places in relation to the ongoing investigation, the sources said. NIA confirmed that the raids were conducted at 20 locations in Srinagar seven locations in New Delhi. "Mr. Qayoom is more than 65", reads the letter written by Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen, joint secretary of the association.

The houses of senior Hurriyat Conference leaders were among 11 places raided by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday, as part of its investigation into alleged funding for "subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir".

Mittal said that during the NIA searches, "FDs (fixed deposits) worth over Rs 1 crore and a lot of incriminating material, suspect financial records, property-related documents and electronic devices were seized". "The raids continued for over 9 hours", they said. Both area close confidants of Shabir Shah, who is now in Tihar Jail following arrest by Enforcement Directorate on July 25.

Besides, the NIA team also raided and searched the house of JKLF leader Showkat Ahmad Bakshi.

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The NIA sleuths raided residences of businessmen Abdul Khaliq Mir at Kralpora, Kupwara and Ghulam Rasool Magray and his neighbour Amin Magray of Sudarpora Kandi, Kupwara.

The separatists chose to up the ante after 10 people, including spokespersons of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and two sons and son-in-law of Geelani, were arrested so far since July by NIA in connection with terror funding in the state.

NIA raid at residence of Hurriyat's Aga Hassan in Budgam District. The houses reportedly belong to LoC traders. The duo was sent to NIA custody for ten day by NIA court in New Delhi yesterday.

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

This is for the first time since the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s that a central probe agency has conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups.