first_img‘Those raided have been funding terror’ Hawala trail goes back decades  The bank accounts and lockers detected during the probe have been ordered to be frozen.While the NIA team sealed the Qamarwari residence of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Shah, another Geelani confidante Mehraj Kalwal, district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was questioned. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s spokesman Aftab Ahmad was detained for some time, while the faction’s leader Zafar Akbar Bhat was also quizzed.Residences of three other separatist leaders, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Javaid Gazi Baba and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, were also searched on Saturday.  Earlier on Saturday, the agency swooped down on the separatists, their associates and some businessmen, suspected to be involved in routing funds, at 26 locations across Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi, after it converted a preliminary enquiry into terror funding as an FIR.“The subject matter of investigation is to probe the entire chain of players behind financing of terrorist activities including pelting of stones on security forces, burning of schools, damaging government establishments and other such activities,” said the NIA.Cash running into a few crores, gold jewellery and coins worth about ₹40 lakh, a large number of property-related papers, letterheads of the banned outfits, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, several pen-drives, laptops, mobile phones and other incriminating documents, including phone diaries, katchcha receipts and vouchers were seized from financiers, hawala operators and office bearers of separatist groups, said the NIA on Saturday.Also Read The National Investigation Agency continued its searches on the second consecutive day, on Sunday, at five more places belonging to “secessionist and separatist elements”, besides hawala operators, in connection with an alleged case of terror financing by Pakistan-based terror outfits and the separatists in the Valley.“Searches are under way at four places in Kashmir and one place in Jammu. During the course of searches, Pakistani currency (a few thousands) and currencies of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have been found and seized, apart from other incriminating material. The persons concerned are being questioned,” said an NIA statement.Also Readlast_img