Jammu, Sep 7: The sleuths of National Investigation today raided the house of one of the close aides of Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah in this winter capital of the state.
“The NIA team this afternoon raided the house of a property dealer, who is a close aide of Separatist Shabir Shah in terror funding case,” official sources here said.
They said that the NIA team raided the house of Mohammad Razak alias Ashoka, son of Haji Ahmed Din, resident of Gurah Brahmana, Bantalab Jammu.
“The house was cordoned by the CRPF men and the NIA team later raided the house,” they said.
They said that the sleuths scrutinised the records of the property dealer, adding, “the raid lasted for around six hours and ended at 1840 hours.”
“They have seized some records and documents of the businessman besides vital information,” sources added.
Continuing with its raids in various parts of the Valley, Jammu, Delhi and Gurgaon, the NIA conducted searches at 10 locations, which included the ancestral residence of GN Sumji, a leader of the pro-Pakistan faction of the Hurriyat Conference, officials said.
This is for the first time the National Investigation Agency has made inroads into South Kashmir, which is considered as a hub of militant activities.
The NIA also raided the residence of prominent separatist Shia leader Aga Syed Hussain Badgami, who is also part of Syed Ali Shah Geelani-headed faction of the Hurriyat Conference.
One of the places where raids were conducted belonged to Abdul Razak, a close aide of separatist Shabir Shah. NIA sleuths seized three arms — a pistol, a double-barrel gun and a .315 bore rifle from there, officials said.
Razak has claimed the arms were licensed but has not been able to provide any documents so far.
Earlier on July 30, NIA team raided the house of an advocate cum businessman Dalvinder Singh Behl here in Jammu for his alleged links with the Separatists and money laundering.
Behl was also running a body as chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum and believed to be close aide of separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and was associated with Hurriyat Conference till 2008.
On June 4, NIA raided the shop and residence of two local businessmen at Nehru Market and Gandhi Nagar areas here in terror funding.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) continued raids in connection with the terror- funding in the Kashmir valley, where about a dozen separatists leaders and businessmen have already been arrested.
The NIA conducted similar search operation at several places in the houses of businessmen yesterday in the Kashmir valley and Delhi.
Official sources said that personnel of NIA today raided the house of senior leader of hardline Hurriyat Conference (HC) Aga Syed Hassan at Badgam in the central Kashmir.
The entire area was sealed by CRPF and state police personnel early this morning. All roads leading to the house of Aga Hassan, a Shia leader, were closed before the NIA personnel arrived there.
The NIA raid on HC leader came after chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik announced to court arrest before the NIA headquarters at New Delhi on September 9 in protest against the what they alleged harassment of separatist leaders, traders and others by the investigating agency.