Yasin Malik arrested ahead of Separatists protest march to Delhi

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

Senior Hurriyat leader Shabbir Shah's aide Zameer Thakur's house was also raided by NIA.

Using NIA as a tool, Indian leaders first started a media trail and false propaganda against Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq, myself and many others and accused us of funding terror, funding stone pelting and orchestrating an agitation. It said that raids were conducted at 9 locations in Kashmir and one each in Jammu and Gurugram. "There was heavy deployment of forces and the area where Agha lives was cordoned off".

Local sources said that NIA slueths after sensing trouble fled the house.

On Wednesday, the agency had raided 24 places in Kashmir Valley and in Delhi focusing mainly on traders, who allegedly have links with the terror funding case under probe by the NIA.

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

Aga Hassan, the former president of Anjuman-e-Shar-e-Shian, had joined Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference in 2015.

The NIA so far has arrested 11 persons in the case.

The NIA spokesman said offices of the Chartered Accountants of leading Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, who is already under NIA custody, and residences of cross-LoC traders were also searched.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday carried out searches at 11 places in Jammu and Kashmir and the national capital region in connection with its probe into the funding of terror activities and channelling of ill-gotten money through cross-LoC trade.

According to NIA sources, similar raids were going on at 12 places in the valley. Shakeel heads the Islamic Students' League (ISL).

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. "Showkat Bakhshi and his father were present in the house". 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. During searches fixed deposits of Rs 1 crore and "incriminating documents" and "suspicious financial records" and electronic devices were seized, the NIA said.

Searches are still on and the suspects are being questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them.

The NIA sleuths raided residences of businessmen Abdul Khaliq Mir at Kralpora, Kupwara and Ghulam Rasool Magray and his neighbour Amin Magray of Sudarpora Kandi, Kupwara.



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