Raids were carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday across 14 locations in Srinagar, 8 locations in Delhi and one in Sonepat. The raids focused on identifying those involved in terror funding and anti-national activities. Sources confirm that Hurriyat leaders have been raided and the NIA is probing middlemen who were part of funding racket in the garb of business groups. Furthermore, reports suggest that there are 14 teams, totaling about 600 men who are assisting the NIA. The NIA team has been in the Valley for the three days. There has been a massive 2-month long coordinated operation between the J&K police, the CRPF and the Central agency — the NIA.
The NIA team left for the raid operation at 5:25 am and Republic TV was the only one to track the story in real time.
NIA sources told Republic TV that bank accounts and property papers are being seized as a part of the raid. They said that that they have witnessed some unusual movement of funds, where the funds are disproportionate to the source of income. The NIA appears to now be trying to verify claims made by them through documents recovered from all locations.
Sharad Kumar, Director-general of the National Investigation Agency, on speaking exclusively to Republic TV, said:
We have been working on this operation for the past two months. Raids are currently going on in 22 locations across Delhi, Haryana and Kashmir. Incriminating evidence and cash has been recovered. It is about terror funding.
Over 120 NIA officials have been working on the terror funding case for the past two months. NIA sources added that the locations for the raids were drawn up on the leads they got from the cross-border Uri case.
While investigation the case, the NIA determined that commodities that were being brought in from PoK were undervalued and that a part of the money was being funneled for terror-related activities.
NIA names Hafiz Saeed, LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen, Andrabi Group in the FIR, wherein terror funding is the main focus. The NIA has collected the copies of the FIRs of around 150 cases and has been analysing them. The FIRs are regarding damage caused to the schools and public property as part of the larger conspiracy to perpetuate violence and chaos in Kashmir. FIR filed under Sections 120(B), 121, 121(A) of IPC and Sections 13, 17, 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of UAPA.