NIA seizes Rs 2.20 crore during raids to smash terror funding

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2017 08:56:07



Searches carried out at 27 places in Valley and Delhi on traders and hawala dealers

Large-scale transfer of funds from Pakistan to India through the import of California Almonds (badam giri) detected

SWOOPING down on few traders and alleged hawala dealers, the NIA on Wednesday carried out searches at 27 places in various parts of the Valley and Delhi and seized nearly Rs 2.20 crore in cash in raids relating to probe into terror-funding activities in the State.

During the operations, that began in the morning, houses and business establishments of those suspected of channelising funds to fuel secessionist and anti-India activities were searched, an NIA spokesman said here. “During the searches, cash amounting to approximately Rs 2.20 crores were recovered,” he said. The spokesman said various digital devices including laptops, mobile phones and hard drives have also been seized during the 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, the spokesman said.

Travel documents of some entities indicating their visits to the UAE have also been recovered, he said, adding that some of the suspects were being questioned about the recoveries made from them. The raids come a day after the NIA arrested two persons, including a freelance photo-journalist, who allegedly indulged in stone-pelting and mobilising support against the security personnel through social media.

These raids and arrests by the NIA is part of its investigation in a case registered on May 30 in
which the leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hafiz Saeed, was named as an accused. The NIA has arrested seven persons in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.

This is for the first time since the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s that a central probe agency has conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups. During its probe, the NIA found that after clothes and ‘dupattas’, California Almonds has emerged as the new product in cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir that is being used a mode of terror-funding. The traders from PoK were sending and receiving California Almonds and it is alleged that the money was used for funding of terror groups in the State.

Separatist leaders to court arrest at NIA office on 9th: THREE top Kashmiri separatist leaders on Wednesday said that they will stage a sit-in outside the NIA headquarters in Delhi on September 9 and court arrest to protest against, what they termed as, “vilification” of Kashmiri people by the investigation agency.

The separatist leaders who will court arrest are Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
pelting and mobilised support against security personnel through social media.