Hurriyat terror funding: Two advocates, a government official under NIA scanner

Under the scanner of the National Investigation Agency are two lawyers, two drivers and a government official. The NIA conducted raids at 12 different places in Kashmir on Wednesday in connection with the Hurriyat terror funding case.

NIA sleuths and officials said the searches conducted simultaneously at Sanatnagar, Parimpora, Tarhama and Mazhama in Baramulla, and Machipora and Bakhihaker in Kupwara have led to documents related to the funding.

At Gulberg Colony, the NIA searched the house of advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi. At Tarhama village, the NIA raided two houses – of Peerzada Ghulam Nabi, who is an employee with the industries, and commerce department, and Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, who is an accountant of businessman Zahoor Watali, who is in NIA custody.

The NIA said that it conducted raids at the residence of Mohammad Shafi Reshi alleged to be affiliated with Hurriyat hawk, S A S Geelani. At Mazhama, the NIA searched the home of Abdul Rahim Wani, an advocate and brother-in-law of Watali. The teams also raided the houses of Mohammad Akbar Bhat at Sanatnagar and Ghulam Mohammad Rather in Parimpora. Both are Watali’s drivers.

In Kupwara’s Machipora, the home of one of Watali’s employees, Ghulam Mohammad, was searched. Another search was carried at Bakhihakar village at the house of Abdul Aziz Mir, the caretaker of a property belonging to Watali.

An official said the teams scanned documents and other items for three to eight hours. “In some places, the NIA team spent more than six to seven hours,” he said.

NIA statement:

Follow up searches conducted by the NIA in the J&K Terror Funding case:

On August 8, the NIA conducted searches at 12 locations belonging to separatists and Hawala operators in Kashmir valley in connection with the Kashmir Terror Funding case. The locations are spread over Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Pulwama.

House belonging to Shafi Reshi , Advocate and premises related to Zahoor Watali were searched by the NIA teams and a lot of incriminating material, suspect financial records and property-related documents and electronic devices including mobile phones, pen drives and hard drives have been seized during the searches. Some of the documents seized relate to receipt of money from suspect foreign sources and distribution of money so received to certain persons in Kashmir valley.

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