NIA Conducts Fresh Searches In J&K In The Terror Funding Case

The National Investigative Agency on Wednesday raided 12 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in a case related to terror funding.

Srinagar: Fresh searches were launched by the National Investigative Agency on Wednesday in the terror funding case against separatist leaders in multiple locations across Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the CIA, the searches are being carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. Meanwhile, sources suggested that Hurriyat aide and Srinagar businessman Zahoor Watali’s relatives were raided in Kunzer area of Baramulla.

Watali, popularly known as Vijay Mallya of Jammu and Kashmir, has been under the NIA scanner for nearly two months and has been called for questioning by the agency multiple times at Delhi Headquarters. He is known for his closeness to mainstream politicians as well as separatists.

According to reports, the officials said that the case is pertaining to terror funding, so they are expecting to get some incriminating documents related to fuelling unrest in the valley.

The investigative agency searched the premises of Watali’s three close aides, two brothers-in-laws and Handwara based in-laws.

The properties that Watali accumulated across the country and Dubai are also understood to be under the scanner.

The searches were conducted after confirmation from the seven arrested during the initial probe on July 24. The NIA arrested these persons in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in Kashmir Valley to fan unrest.

The official sources said that the arrested people have provided details of the involvement of individuals whose premises are being searched.

The NIA alleged that the money was being raised by these people to fund separatist and terror activities in J&K.

The NIA had initially registered the case on May 30, accusing separatist and secessionist leaders of being hand in glove with terrorist groups.

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