Police arrest Yasin Malik, place heads of Hurriyat factions under house arrest

NIA raids Hurriyat leader Aga Hassan's residence in Budgam

█ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ Yasin Malik held, Mirwaiz put under house arrest A day ahead of the planned sit-in by the separatists outside the NIA headquarter in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik was arrested while Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest.

Inspector General of NIA, Alok Mittal said the NIA carried out searches at 11 locations today.

Sources said that a team of NIA alongwith a contingent of police and other forces raided the residence of Aga and started searches.

On Wednesday, NIA had conducted raids on at least 27 locations in Srinagar and Delhi.

Qayoom on Wednesday appeared before the NIA in New Delhi.

A day after separatist leaders offered to court arrest before the National Investigation Agency (NIA), houses of some of their close aides were raided on Thursday. During searches fixed deposits of Rs 1 crore and "incriminating documents" and "suspicious financial records" and electronic devices were seized, the NIA said. The disclosure by Khan led to NIA raids at several places in Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Srinagar. "The raids continued for over 9 hours", they said.

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Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate is likely to register a money laundering case against some separatist leaders facing investigation by the NIA on charges of receiving terror funding from across the border to stoke unrest in the valley. He said the offices of the Chartered Accountants of Hawala operator Zahoor Watali and residences of suspect cross-LoC traders were also searched as they were suspected of fuelling secessionist and subversive activities in Kashmir Valley.

Mittal said that no person has been arrested by the NIA in these raids. The residential house of Imran Kawoosa, Kawoosa and sons at Nowhatta Srinagar was also raided by NIA.

Seven senior resistance leaders and three other persons including a businessman and a photojournalist have been arrested and are now in detention in Delhi.

As many as 34 companies of PoK were blacklisted to weed out any illegal activity on cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade routes after the recovery of drugs from a truck at Trade Facilitation Centre Salamabad Uri on July 21. Both the youth, one of them a freelance photojournalist, have been sent to police custody for ten days.

Early in the morning, a NIA team conducted searches at the residence of Hurriyat leader Agha Syed Hassan in Budgam. It also included causing disruption in the Valley by stone-pelting, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

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