The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided a dozen places in Kashmir in connection with its ongoing probe into “terror funding.”

The searches were carried out in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara.

On July 24, the NIA arrested seven Hurriyat  leaders — Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Khan, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam and Ayaz Akbar Khandey and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate— on the charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

On August 8, the NIA also questioned several persons, including the two sons of Geelani — Naeem and Naseem Geelani; Faheem Ali, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who was personal security officer of Umar Farooq; and Devender Singh Behl, a lawyer associated with Geelani.

The Kashmir High Court Bar Association staged a protest in the High Court in Srinagar against the NIA raid on advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi’s Baghat residence .

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