The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday raided the house of senior Hurriyat leader and Shia cleric Syed Agha Hassan in Budgam as well as the houses of other pro-freedom leaders and their aides in Kashmir as part of its “terror funding” case probe.
Similar raids were going on at 12 places in the Valley on Thursday, news agency IANS quoted NIA sources as saying.
Sleuths of NIA started a raid at the residence of Hassan in Badgam district at 4 a.m.
Simultaneous raids were carried out by NIA teams on the houses of Ghulam Nabi Sumji, senior leader of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hurriyat group, Zameer Thakur, a close aide of Shabir Shah, and Showkat Bakshi and Shakeel Bakshi.
The NIA sleuths assisted by the police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) started raids at 12 places in the Valley on Thursday and the raids are likely to continue for the whole day.
On Wednesday, the agency had raided 24 places in the Kashmir Valley and in Delhi focusing mainly on traders, who allegedly have links with the case presently under probe by the NIA.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have announced they would take out a protest march to the NIA headquarters in New Delhi and court arrest on September 9.
The agency had in July arrested seven pro-freedom leaders and a prominent local businessman in connection with the probe into the funding case.
President of Kashmir Bar Association Mian Qayoom was questioned by the NIA for nearly seven hours on Wednesday.
Lawyers in the valley have decided to stay away from courts till Qayoom returned from Delhi.