NIA raids dozen of Hurriyat leaders over alleged Pak terror funding; Geelani arrested
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 03-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 3: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday has lodged FIR against known separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen over funds distribution to spread terrorism and violence in the Valley after investigating the bank accounts and interrogation of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Javed Ahmed alias Gazi Baba and suspended Hurriyat leader Naeem Khan, who have all reportedly admitted to taking money from Pakistan through different ways.

The investigating agency has booked Syed Ali Shah Geelani under Sections 120 b, 121, 121 of the CrPC, and Sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The NIA’s preliminary investigation revealed that hawala and cross-border trade were the main sources of getting money from Pakistan. Bitta Karate, Naeem Khan and Gazi Baba, who was asked by the NIA to bring certain bank and property documents, also reportedly admitted they were minor players in this entire nexus.

Similarly, the NIA raided eight and fourteen locations of Delhi, Haryana and Kashmir respectively in connection with the terror funding case.

Notably, NIA has raided the residence, office of dozens of separatist leaders, businessman etc. Interestingly, NIA raided a leading businessman whose children's marriage was attended by PoK PM Sultan Mehmood and J&K CM Omar Abdullah also. Few teams of NIA also raided at the residence of Nayeem Khan, Bitta Karate and others.

According to the sources from Jammu Kashmir, its is being learnt that the top people in J&K Govt exerting tremendous pressure on NIA to stop it from raiding houses, hotels and houseboats of 2 prominent businessmen.According to the sources from Jammu Kashmir, its is being learnt that the top people in J&K Govt exerting tremendous pressure on NIA to stop it from raiding houses, hotels and houseboats of 2 prominent businessmen.

NIA source reportedly said that The investigation agencies have buckled under pressure and their Kashmir operations in past have failed, now the question of their credibility is supreme.  

Meanwhile, official sources noted that the locations in Delhi are being raided as it belonged to several suspected hawala traders, who helped channel funds from Pakistan-based sources such as Lashkar and other individuals to separatists.

Violence in Kashmir roused after Indian security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Since then the Kashmir is suffering from unrest and number of terrorists have been killed.