JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Arrested

Day after threatening to march to NIA office in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested

Day after threatening to march to NIA office in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested

A day after separatist leaders offered to court arrest before the National Investigation Agency (NIA), houses of some of their close aides were raided on Thursday.

On July 24 seven separatist leaders including Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh who is son in law of Hurriyat (G) chief Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Hurriyat (G) activists Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah and Hurriyat (M) spokesperson Shahid-ul-Islam, National Front chairman Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate were arrested in connection with the NIA Case No. RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI (J&K Terror Funding Case) under sections 120B, 121, 121A of IPC and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39, 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The NIA has been probing several separatist leaders in the terror funding case.

NIA officials recovered fixed deposits worth Rs 1 crore, suspect financial records, property related documents and other incriminating papers, which are being analysed with the help of CAs and income tax department officials. The central agency has paced its probe in Jammu and Kashmir terror funding and is planning of questioning alleged mastermind of all the subversive activities in valley - Syed Ali Shah Geelani by end of this month. Both Mr. Alsafvi and Mr. Sumji are associated with the Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani.

Yet another NIA team carried out a raid on the residence of separatist leader Shabir Shah's close associate Zamir Sheikh at Nowgam Bypass.

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.

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A team of the agency raided the house of Abdul Razak Choudhary in Bantlab area of Jammu city.

Searches were conducted in houses and business establishments of those suspected of channelising funds to fuel unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Meanwhile, Chairmen of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Maulvi Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik have made a decision to protest and court arrest at the headquarters of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on Saturday.

However NIA did not arrest any of the suspects on Thursday.

"There are links of hawala operators, funders and cross LoC traders have emerged based on which raids are being conducted". The houses reportedly belong to LoC traders. This arrest came a day after Malik visited the residences of slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and Faizan Muzaffar in Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

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