NIA raids at JeM militants, OGWs, separatists

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Feb 27: A day after the National Investigation Agency conducted raids at the houses of senior separatist leaders in Srinagar, the agency conducted raids at 11 locations in South Kashmir at the houses of Jaish-e-Mohammad militants, the Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of the militants and separatist leaders.
The NIA teams this morning conducted simultaneous searches at 11 locations in South Kashmir in the ongoing investigation into attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 and terror funding case.
The raids were conduced besides others at the houses of Mudassir Ahmad Khan and Sajjad Bhat, both active militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad, and key accused persons in the Pulwama attack.
Searches were also conducted in the houses of active OGWs of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Tral, Awantipora and Pulwama areas of South Kashmir. NIA has recovered incriminating materials including diaries containing coded writings.
The NIA also conducted searches in the houses of three separatist leaders of South Kashmir including Mohammad Shaban Dar, Shawkat Maulvi and Yasmin Raja, in terror funding case (RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI) that was registered in 2017 and under which several separatist leaders were arrested that year and they are in Tihar Jail.
“Documents related to terror funding, coded messages and Jihadi literature have been seized. During searches, NIA teams also recovered lot of incriminating documents including property details, documents relating to financial and monetary transactions, electronic devices, mobile phones, sim cards”, the NIA said.
The NIA yesterday conducted raids at the premises belonging to top separatist leaders including Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, President JKDFP, Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Mohammad Ashraf Khan commonly known as Ashraf Sehrai , General Secretary Hurriyat Conference Masarat Alam, Chairman JKSM Zaffar Akbar Bhat, and Naseem Geelani, son of Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani.
In the meantime, Kashmir valley observed shut down today in protest against the NIA raids at the houses of separatists and crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leaders and workers.
The shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some private vehicles were seen plying.