NIA conducts raids at over 40 locations across J&K in terror funding case

Srinagar : In a major crackdown, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted raids at over 40 locations in 14 districts of J&K, including all 10 districts of Kashmir valley, in connection with a terror funding case.

Official sources said that the NIA sleuths, assisted by Police and CRPF, conducted raids at the offices of some charitable trusts and residences of the members of Jamaat-e-Islami — an outfit that was banned by the centre in 2019 for its ‘closed links’ with militants.

The raids started at around 0500 hrs on Sunday.

The sources said that the raids were conducted in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal in central; Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipore in north and Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam in south Kashmir. “In Jammu division the raids were being conducted in Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Rajouri districts,” they added.

Sources said that the raids were being conducted to check the resurgence of Jamaat-e-Islami activities in J&K despite the five-year ban.

Earlier this week, NIA carried out raids and detained a man for questioning in a case pertaining to terror connection in the north Kashmir district of Bandipora. On July 31, the NIA raided 14 locations in J&K in connection with cases related to the recovery of IED and the arrest of Lashkar-e-Mustafa top commander Hidayatullah Malik