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NIA raids houses of militants, Hurriyat leaders in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 27: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday carried out raids at several places in South Kashmir.

Reports reaching GNS said that the NIA sleuths accompanied by SOG and CRPF conducted raids at the residential houses of some militants including Sajjad Bhat of JeM, a resident of Bijbehara and Mudassir Ahmad Khan.


Bhat had allegedly provided his Maruti Eeco car to the JeM suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who carried out the February 14 suicide bombing that killed 49 CRPF troopers, the NIA had claimed.

The NIA registered a case on February 20 to probe the Pulwama attack.

An official of the NIA also confirmed the raids on the houses of militant activists and hurriyat leaders.

Besides the houses of JeM militants and their sympathizers in Awantipora and Pulwama, the NIA official said that the houses of hurriyat leaders Yasmin Raja at Pampore and others were also raided in connection with an alleged funding case registered in May 2017.

The official said that some documents including “incriminating materials”, electronic devices, mobile phones and SIM cards were seized.

Similar raids were carried out on Tuesday including at the residence of separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Khan, Masarat Alam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Naseem Geelani, son of Hurriyat hardliner Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani.