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J&K: NIA conducts raid at places belonging to Syed Geelani’s close aide

July 30, 2017 09:25 PM

Jammu, July 30: Continuing its crackdown on separatists in connection with terror funding case, the National Investigative Agency on Sunday conducted raids at two places belonging to a close aide of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Jammu, officials said.

Identified as Devinder Singh Behal, the advocate originally hailed from Nowshera in border Rajouri district and he had settled in Jammu for the past many years. 

The NIA also issued summon to Naseem, the second son of Geelani, who heads separatist conglomerate Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, to appear before the agency on Wednesday. His elder son Nayeem has been summoned to the NIA headquarters tomorrow.

As part of its ongoing probe into the alleged terror funding meant to fuel unrest in Kashmir, the NIA also raided the residence-cum-office of a local advocate at Bakshi Nagar in Jammu.

Identified as Devinder Singh Behal, the advocate originally hailed from Nowshera in border Rajouri district and he had settled in Jammu for the past many years. He also happened to be chairperson of Jammu Kashmir Peace Forum and he reportedly owed allegiance to the Hurriyat Conference. Behal has been detained by NIA on Sunday, news agency ANI reported.

Though no arrests have been made so far, sources said that NIA seized some documents during the search.

This was the second such raid by the NIA in Jammu in less than two months. Earlier on June 4, it raided the shop and residence of two local businessmen, who are brothers, at Ware House and Gandhi Nagar, respectively. Identified as Raghav Aggarwal and Kamal Aggarwal, both the brothers had been trading in dry fruits.

Their names reportedly figured in questioning during Saturday raids on the offices and residences of Hurriyat Conference leaders and alleged hawala traders in Kashmir and Delhi on suspicion of their acting as conduits for terror funds.

 

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