NIA searches Zahoor Watali’s office in Srinagar again

National Investigating Agency (NIA) today searched Trison Farms & Construction Pvt Ltd office in Srinagar’s Barbarshah. The company is owned by Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the investigating agency in terror funding case on August 16.

According to the sources, the current search unearthed incriminating documents pertaining to Zahoor Watali’s financial transactions.

The NIA had on August 16 arrested Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in connection with a case pertaining to funding of terrorist and separatist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Watali was arrested from the National Capital New Delhi Thursday afternoon. Ahead of his arrest on 16 August, several places in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla belonging to the relatives and employees of Watali were raided by the NIA.

Pertinently, seven Hurriyat leaders were earlier detained by the investigating agency, probing funds coming from Pakistan and other Gulf countries.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Fantoosh along with top leaders of the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference Peer Saifullah, Meraj-ud-din Kalwal and Ayaz Akbar Banday were formally arrested by NIA on July 24.

The separatist leaders are currently in a jail in Delhi along with other leaders Aftab Hilal Shah alias Shahidul Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate and Geelani’s former confidante Nayeem Khan.

Meanwhile, another top separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah has been detained separately in connection with a money-laundering case previously registered by Enforcement Directorate and has been remanded to judicial custody in New Delhi. Shah’s one accompalice is also in the custody of the ED.


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