Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday said that its teams searched at least 20 places in Kashmir and the searches are “still continuing”. Seven other places were searched in Delhi, the NIA said, in its ongoing investigation into funding for “subversive activities in J&K”.
NIA spokesperson Alok Mittal told Kashmir Reader, “The places searched include houses and business establishments of those who are suspected of channelising funds to fuel secessionist and anti-India activities.”
“Searches (were) conducted at Srinagar and Delhi in connection with the J&K terror funding/LoC trade cases of the NIA,” he said.
He said that the searches were conducted by NIA teams during which an amount of Rs 2.20 crore was recovered.
An NIA official said that the raids were carried out at the offices and residences of Bashir Ahmad Kaloo, Showkat Ahmad Kaloo, Abdul Rashid Bhat, Firdous Iqbal Wani, Sajad Syed Khan and Imran Kawoosa at Bemina, Umarabad Zainakote and Nowhatta areas of Srinagar city.
The NIA sleuths even conducted searches in the Shadipur depot and Khari Baoli area at the residences and office premises of Ganga Bishan Gupta, Firoz Akhtar Siddiqui and Sunil Kumar Jain.
The NIA spokesperson said, “…incriminating documents pertaining to financial transactions, digital devices in large number including laptops, mobile phones and hard discs, have been seized during the search.”
Mittal said that no arrests were made today.
Government forces cordoned off the areas where the searches were conducted. No one was allowed to move towards the spot where the NIA raids were conducted.
The NIA filed a case for alleged terror funding on May 30 this year against the Hurriyat Conference, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Hizb ul Mujahideen and Hafiz Saeed. It started raiding places in Kashmir, Jammu and Delhi from June this year. Seven Hurriyat Conference leaders and three others have been arrested in the case, including a photo-journalist.
Mittal said that in Wednesday’s searches, “Diaries pertaining to contacts of hawala operators/traders, ledger books containing accounts of cross border LoC trade of various trading companies, have been recovered. Some details of bank accounts of Jammu and Kashmir were also recovered. Travel documents of some entities showing their visits to the UAE have also been recovered. Searches are still continuing and the suspects are being questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them.”
Family members of Imran Kawoosa, whose house was raided in Nowhatta and who was later arrested by the NIA for questioning, have decried the move and said they are being unnecessarily hounded by the agency.
“He (Imran) fears even the words ‘militancy’ and ‘stone-pelting’. We are astonished as to on what basis his house was raided. He is doing a small business of gift items and lives a simple life in Nowhatta,” his relatives in Nowhatta said.