A day after three top Kashmiri separatist leaders said they would court arrest outside National Investigation Agency headquarters in New Delhi on September 9, the NIA on Thursday conducted fresh raids on residences of separatist leaders and traders at 10 locations in Jammu and Kashmir in its ongoing investigation into the militancy and separatist funding in the State.
Early in the morning, a NIA team conducted searches at the residence of Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan in Budgam.
The NIA since yesterday conducted searches at seven places in Srinagar and on outskirts in the Valley, where the agency has arrested two alleged stone pelters on Tuesday in connection with terror funding.
The agency had in July arrested seven pro-freedom leaders and a prominent local businessman in connection with the probe into the funding case.
Meanwhile, sources said that the protesting people have called for a protest on Friday against the harassment by NIA to the Aga family.
The NIA sleuths seized FDs worth Rs 1 crore and other incriminating material during the raids and searches. "Mr. Qayoom is more than 65", reads the letter written by Anwar-ul-Islam Shaheen, joint secretary of the association.
Senior Hurriyat leader Shabbir Shah's aide Zameer Thakur's house was also raided by NIA.
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At around 8.00 PM, scores of Aga's followers gathered outside his house and at Imambara of Budgam and they held a strong protest against the NIA search operation.
All roads leading to the house of Aga Hassan, a Shia leader, were closed before the NIA personnel arrived there.
A team of the agency raided the house of Abdul Razak Choudhary in Bantlab area of Jammu city.
"Searches are still continuing and the suspects were questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them", Mittal said.
Mittal said that no person has been arrested by the NIA in these raids. In south Kashmir's Bijbehara area, Ghulam Nabi Sumji's house was raided. The house of Salamabad cross-LoC traders Union President, Hilal Ahmad Khan (Turki) was also raided at Natipora, Nowgam.
The raids come a day after key separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik announced at a press conference that they will fly to Delhi on Saturday to court arrest before the NIA.
The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.