Officials of the National Investigation Agency say that raids in Srinagar and other parts of the country would continue in connection with the Hurriyat terror funding case.
Recently the NIA conducted searches at 27 locations in Delhi and Srinagar. The places searched include houses and business establishments of those (traders/hawala operators etc.) who are suspected of channelising funds to fuel secessionist and anti-India activities.
During the searches, cash amounting to approximately Rs. 2.20 Crores had been recovered besides incriminating documents pertaining to financial transactions. Digital devices in large numbers including laptops, mobile phones and hard discs had also been seized during the search.
The diaries pertaining to contacts of hawala operators/ traders, ledger books containing accounts of cross border LOC trade of various trading companies had been recovered.
Some details of bank accounts of Jammu and Kashmir were also recovered. Travel documents of some entities showing their visits to the UAE have also been recovered.
On Wednesday a photo journalist from Kashmir was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on the charge that he was involved in incidents of stone pelting. Kamran Yousuf, the journalist was arrested along with Javed Bhat from Kulgam by the NIA.
Terming them as alleged ring leaders, the NIA said that the duo also facilitated stone pelting in the Valley. The arrests come in the midst of an NIA probe in the Hurriyat terror funding case.
NIA officials say that Yousuf was not just mobilising the stone pelters, but also clicking pictures and circulating them among the local and national newspapers. They also circulated the pictures widely on the social media and chat groups, the NIA also said.
The latest arrests come in the backdrop of reports that the premier probe agency has identified 117 suspects who allegedly used 70 Whatsapp groups to organize stone-pelting protests in the valley.
The NIA would seek from these persons details of the persons who paid them to undertake the job. The NIA says that these stone pelters were on the pay rolls of the separatists and would undertake the job upon being paid.
During the probe the NIA had learnt that stone pelters were paid anything between Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 per day.