They once called the shots in the Kashmir Valley. On one phone call, they could gather a mob and unleash violence on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir. With the National Investigation Agency cracking down hard on them, they are today scouting for legal help.
The Kashmir terror funding case has not only netted several important persons, but has also unearthed the several methods used to finance terror and the unrest. While cross border trade was one major route to raise funds, the other was through the diversion of Haj subsidy.
Prime properties in Jammu and Kashmir, flats in Delhi are some of the properties worth Rs 150 crore owned by Hurriyat hawk, S A S Geelani and family. The NIA which is probing the Hurriyat terror funding case has unearthed a list of properties that are under the control of Geelani and family.
A team of the National Investigation Agency continued its raids on a lawyer alleged to be closely associated with Hurriyat hawk, Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The ancestral home of Devinder Singh Behl at Nowshera was raided by the NIA.
Terrorist groups kept many leaders of the Hurriyat under a tight leash. While investigations have shown that many Hurriyat leaders received funds from Pakistan, they were also under pressure from terror groups to ensure that the money reached them.
The arrest of Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah is expected to give the Enforcement Directorate vital clues about how funding takes place in the Valley. Shah’s arrest took place after he dodged summons issued to him 8 times.
The National Investigation Agency which arrested 7 Hurriyat leaders said that they were receiving and collecting funds through illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking the probe further up a notch to nail those funding terror using trans LoC trade, the National Investigation Agency has roped in tax officials. Based on a request made by the NIA, the Centre allowed officers of the Indian Revenue Service to help the agency in its probe.
The Line of Control barter trade with Pakistan is likely to stop. The National Investigation Agency will recommend to the government to stop the trade that started in 2008. The decision was taken keeping in mind that several elements are using this route to fund both the unrest and terror in Kashmir.
New Delhi, June 3: The National Investigation Agency has raided 23 places in Kashmir and Delhi over terror funding to separatists. The raids are being conducted on the basis of the information that the N IA has received during its probe against the Kashmiri separatists.