The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is carrying out raids at 14 locations in Jammu and Kashmir and eight in Delhi and neighboring Haryana, after registering a case in connection with terror funding through hawala channels in the Kashmir Valley.
The NIA, which had prior registered a Preliminary Enquiry, converted it into a Regular Case last evening and started searches early this morning. House of a few separatists and some businessmen were raided this morning. Hunts were likewise conducted at residence of some separatist leaders and their relatives, additionally at houses of Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, who were recently questioned by NIA in Delhi.
A week ago, the NIA had questioned three Kashmiri separatists, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, Nayeem Khan and Javed Ahmed Baba alias “Gazi” of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, regarding a case related to the funding of terror and subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The charged were asked to produce certain documents for examination.
The NIA’s test was activated by a sting operation, aired on a news channel, in which Mr Khan was allegedly observed confessing to receiving money from Pakistan-based terror groups through hawala channels for funding violent activities including torching of schools and stone throwing.
Following the sting, Mr Khan was suspended from the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.
However, Nayeem Khan denied the charges of receiving funds from Pakistan, asserting the sting operation was “fake and doctored”.