Srinagar, June 15: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided multiple locations in Kashmir in connection with the trans -Line of Control (LoC) trade.
The raids were being conducted at Baramulla and Srinagar districts in connection with a militancy funding case.
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The raids were conducted at the residences of Zahoor Ahmed Malla son Bashir Ahmed Malla of Old Town Baramulla, who is currently lodged in Udhampur jail, Mehrajdin Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Khawjabagh Baramulla and Feroz Ahmad Shiekh, Khalid Shiekh and Zahoor Sheikh sons of Gulam Ahmad Sheikh of Dewan Colony Nishat, owners of Hotel Hilton Pahalgam.
During the searches, the digital devices along with incriminating documents have been seized.
The NIA spokesman said that searches were conducted at three locations in District Baramulla and one location in Handwara in connection with a case under number RC-17/2016/NIA/DLI at the premises of suspected cross – LoC traders and connected persons.
“The case pertains to the generation of additional profits through cross LoC trade mechanism between J&K and PoK and using funds so generated for fomenting militant activities in Jammu & Kashmir. The trade was started in the year 2008 via two Trade Facilitation Centres (TFCs) located at Salamabad, Uri in Baramulla district and Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district. The trade has been suspended since the month of April 2019. The case was registered suo-moto by NIA on 16.12.2016,” the statement said.