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Hurriyat terror funding: NIA set to corner separatist SAS Geelani

17 August 2017

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday is conducting searches at 12 locations in J&K's Srinagar, Baramulla & Handwara as a follow-up action in the alleged terror funding case, according to ANI.

Watali is under the radar of the NIA and his residence, offices and property linked to him were raided and searched in May and June this year. "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 no valley", said an NIA officer. The daughter of the assistant director is married to a person from Mazhama area of Magam, who works in Dubai and the couple is now at their residence in Kashmir, sources said.

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The sources said the NIA has raided a house of driver of a prominent businessman of the Valley in Allochibaag area of Srinagar.

"We suspect financial links between the separatists and those raided on Wednesday", said Alok Mittal, inspector general of NIA. "Searches are still continuing and the suspects are being questioned about the incriminating recoveries made from them", it said.

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An NIA spokesperson said in New Delhi that officials searched the premises belonging to the family, relatives and aides of Zahoor Watali - an influential Kashmiri businessman known to be friends with Pakistani leaders and separatists as well as mainstream politicians in Kashmir. The leaders of secessionist kind and of separatist nature, were accused to be engaged in activities of the terror groups. The NIA which questioned Geelani's two sons in connection with the case will summon the hawk himself next for questioning. NIA has already arrested seven pro-freedom leaders and booked them in various sections.

Those arrested included Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Fantoosh, the son in law of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Peer Saifullah, political secretary of Geelani, Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of Geelani led Hurriyat Conference, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Srinagar district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat led by Geelani and Shahid-ul-Islam, media secretary of Mirwaiz.

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Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir's merger with Pakistan. The protesting lawyers called the NIA raids as illegal and unwarranted.

Hurriyat terror funding: NIA set to corner separatist SAS Geelani