NIA raids residences of absconding businessman

Para-military personnel guard the area during NIA team's raid at Lal Bazar in Srinagar on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Para-military personnel guard the area during NIA team's raid at Lal Bazar in Srinagar on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 30: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided three residences of absconding businessman, Nasir Shafi Mir and his family including that of Fayaz Ahmad Mir at Lal Bazar area here in connection with terror funding case.
The raids were conducted by the NIA, 10 months after a case was re-registered against Mir, 48. He is accused of funding Hurriyat leaders and had fled the country after jumping bail.
However, during the raids nothing was recovered and no one was arrested by the NIA. The NIA is trying to ascertain how Mir alias Babul managed to secure a passport from South and fled from the country. Click here to watch video
A resident of North Kashmir, Mir is accused of using carpet trade and money exchange business in Dubai for sending hawala money to separatist leaders in Kashmir. He was arrested from Lajpat Nagar by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in 2006. Rs 55 lakh in cash and explosives were seized from him at that time.
During his trial, Mir managed to secure bail on a plea that his mother was ill and fled from the country on forged passport. He owns a carpet showroom and money exchange firms in the gulf.
But after that, he failed to turn up at police stations or in court for hearings. Mir is believed to have reached Dubai in 2011, making a detour through countries in Europe and Libya.
A resident of Lal Bazar on the outskirts of Srinagar city, Mir dropped out of school in 1983 to get into the carpet business. He continued with the trade till 1990 after which he shifted to the national capital and started living in Lajpat Nagar area of South Delhi. In the late 1990s, he went to Dubai after his father was arrested for militancy.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had in 2014 attached Rs 55 lakh that had been seized from Mir.


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