Terror funding: NIA conducts raids in Kashmir & Delhi

RSTV Bureau

The National Investigation Agency carried out raids in Kashmir and Delhi early on Saturday after lodging a formal case against Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and three others over funding terrorism in the valley.

NIA-Logo-720x340This comes five days after the agency questioned three Kashmiri separatists leaders at the NIA headquarters in the national capital.

NIA chief Sharad Kumar said raids were carried out at 14 places in Kashmir and eight in the national capital.

Sources said the locations in Delhi belonged to suspected hawala traders, who helped channel funds from Pakistan-based Lashkar to separatists. The funds were allegedly used to trigger violent protests and arson in Kashmir.

In addition to Saeed and Geelani, the agency has named in its FIR separatists Bitta Karate, Naeem Khan and a fifth individual whose name was not immediately clear.

The NIA’s PE alleged that the separatists were receiving funds from the LeT chief to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including pelting security forces with stones, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.