Separatists in NIA Custody should be released: Farooq Abdullah sparks fresh controversy (Watch Video)

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J&K: Taking a jibe at the National Investigative Agency on Friday, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah said he will not acknowledge the raids on separatists as these are being conducted to scare them.
Defending the separatist who are being probed in a terror funding case, he said the raids won’t yield anything, adding that these exercised are only aimed at defaming and creating a turbulent situation in the Valley.

Extending his attack, he asked the Centre to leave the separatists alone and investigate the “money” spent by it to malign the NC party.

Yesterday, the NIA on Thursday conducted fresh raids across various locations in Kashmir on members of the Hurriyat in connection with the probe into the terror funding case in the Kashmir Valley.

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In Budgam, Hurriyat leader and Shia Cleric Aaga Syed Hasan was raided, in Bemina, the NIA raided the residence of Chairman of the Islamic Students League, Shakeel Bakshi and Hurriyat General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji’s residence at Bibhera Anantnag of South Kashmir was raided. A total of around six places are being raided by the NIA.

On Wednesday, a total of 12 places – 9 locations in Srinagar, four in Delhi and one location in Haryana – were raided by the NIA as part of their probe into the terror funding case in the Kashmir Valley.

Traders and financiers who have come under the agency’s radar for channelising funds for unlawful activities in Jammu and Kashmir are being raided by the NIA.

Kashmir separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday told media persons here that they will they will hold a protest march to the Delhi headquarters of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on September 9 and court arrest there.

He also condemned the decision taken by the Indian government to deport almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims. Restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city on Friday to prevent protests against the killings of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, police said.

The restrictions were imposed in the areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal.

Authorities also decided not to allow Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area.

Senior separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had called for the protests.

Mirwaiz has been placed under house arrest to prevent his participation.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was arrested on Thursday, has been lodged in the Srinagar Central Jail.

Life in the Valley was partially affected due to the protest shutdown call.