Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) claimed to have seized currency of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), besides “other incriminating material” in raids at six locations in Jammu and Kashmir and at one location in Gurgaon on Sunday.
NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Kashmir Reader that the NIA team which is in Srinagar to investigate charges of illegal funding to pro-freedom groups raided seven more locations in J&K and Gurgaon on Sunday.
“In continuation of yesterday’s searches at multiple locations in Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana, the NIA took up fresh searches today at seven more locations belonging to secessionist and separatist elements and traders suspected of Hawala activities and terror funding in J&K. Searches were conducted in Srinagar, Jammu and Gurgaon,” he said.
He said that during the searches, “Pakistani currency (a few thousand) and currencies belonging to the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been found and seized, apart from other “incriminating material including correspondence with jailed troublemakers, suspicious transactions and mobile phones.”
Mittal said that the persons possessing the foreign currency were being questioned and searches were still being conducted at their properties.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that in Jammu the NIA team raided businessman Kamal Agarwal’s house and warehouse in Jammu city. Agarwal is the proprietor of GM Trading Corporation and deals in spices and dry-fruits.
“Some papers were seized from his possession and he is being questioned,” the sources said. The NIA also raided the house of businessman Zahoor Watali at Gurgaon.
In Kashmir, the NIA raided the residence of Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar at Maloora. The NIA also raided the Srinagar office of the Syed Ali Geelani-led Tehreek-i-Hurriyat. The house of a trader, Farooq Ahmad Boga, in Parimpora area of Srinagar was raided by the NIA team. Farooq has a shop at the Parimpora fruit mandi.
On Saturday, the NIA had raided the houses of many pro-freedom activists and businessmen, including Nayeem Khan, Farooq Dar, Altaf Shah alias Altaf Fantosh, Raja Mairaj, Zafar Akbar, Zahoor Watali, Shahid ul Islam, Noor Kalwal, Raja Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Sultan Tangnuu, Nazir Ahmad Mir alias Nazir Gas, Farooq Ahmad Wani, Muhammad Sultan Chandu, Dr Bashir Ahmad Bhat Tariq Ahmad Khan, ex-President of the LOC Traders Association and Kamal@ Bittu of Jammu.
Mittal said that during Saturday’s raids at 22 locations in Srinagar, Delhi and Haryana, cash of over Rs 1.15 crore, property documents, letter heads of LeT and HM militant outfits, pen drives, laptops and other incriminating material were found and seized.
Despite repeated attempts, Ayaz Akbar could not be contacted for his comments.