NIA raids 10 locations in J&K, NCR

The National Investigation Agency raided the residence of Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan in central Kashmir’s Budgam district

The NIA raided the residence of Hurriyat leader Aga Hassan in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

The residents of Shariatabad Budgam on thursday stormed into the residence of Aga Syed Hasan, senior Hurriyat leader where NIA slueths were conducting a raid and raised massive slogans against the investigating agency.

The locations related to Hurriyat leaders namely Ghulam Nabi Sumji and Syed Aga Hassan Budgami and close aides of Shabbir Shah viz. Zameer Sheikh and Razzaq Choudhary were searched.

He said that so-called PDP government which to befool people is trying to portray that as if it knows nothing about NIA terror, is actually acting as an abettor and facilitator to NIA and today my arrest, and the house arresting Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq actually exposes dubious politics of PDP rulers.

Sources said that people in hundreds started marching towards the residence of Hasan after, they accused NIA slueths of misbehaving with the family and harassment. The NIA is reported to have seized Rs. 2.2 crore in cash during the raids and also detected "suspicious" foreign transactions of about 100 crore during the investigation.

Indian authorities arrested top Kashmiri resistance leaders under house arrest in Srinagar Thursday, a day after they announced their plan to travel to New Delhi.

NIA sleuths also raided the houses of Showkat Bakshi, a close aide of JKLF chief Yasin Malik, and his brother Shakeel Bakshi in Srinagar's Bemina area. Among the arrested separatist leaders includes Gelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Funtoosh. The NIA has been probing several separatist leaders in the terror funding case.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Bar Association has announced continuation of its strike on Friday against the summoning of its president Mian Qayoom by the National Investigation Agency or NIA.

The raids come a day after the NIA arrested two persons, including a freelance photo-journalist, who allegedly indulged in stone-pelting and mobilising support against the security personnel through social media.