NIA Raids 11 South Kashmir Locations

SRINAGAR — The NIA on Wednesday carried out searches at 11 locations in south Kashmir in connection with cases related to the February 14 bombing attack on a CRPF convoy and funding of separatists and militant groups, according to an official statement.

The houses of Mudassir Ahmad Khan and Sajjad Bhat, active militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed and key accused in the recent attack at Pulwama, were searched, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) statement said.

Also, the residences of active overground workers of JeM in Tral, Awantipora and Pulwama areas of south Kashmir were searched, it said. 

Incriminating materials, including diaries containing coded writings, have been seized, the NIA said.

The probe agency said the houses of three separatist leaders of south Kashmir -- Mohammad Shaban Dar, Shawkat Maulvi and Yasmine Raza -- were also searched.

“Documents related to terror funding, coded messages and Jihadi literature have been seized,” it said. 

During the searches, NIA teams also recovered a large number of incriminating documents containing details of property and financial transactions, electronic devices, mobile phones, SIM cards etc, it said.

 Meanwhile,  r eports said that NIA conducted 7 hour long search operation at the residence of Muslim Khawateen Markaz Chairperson Yasmeen Raja at her Pampore residence in her absence.

NIA sleuths also conducted raids on the houses of Tariq Ahmed Magray, Waseem Ahmed Magray and Fayaz Ahmed Sofi and whisked the trio away to an unknown localtion, a local news agency quoted residents of  Ratnipora.


IT Dept searches seven premises in Kashmir, Delhi’

The Income Tax Department Wednesday said it conducted "sensitive search" that covered the head of a prominent organisation in connection with alleged anti-national activities.

Four premises in the Kashmir Valley and three in the national capital were searched, the department said without naming the organisation or the persons involved.

"The head of a prominent organisation allegedly indulging in anti-national activities along with his associates were covered in a sensitive search action by the Income Tax Department today," it said in a statement.

"The search action has yielded credible evidence of large scale undisclosed financial transactions carried out in the business of quarrying, hotels etc." 

Without providing specific details, the department said it unearthed clinching evidence of "huge unaccounted expenditure having been incurred in cash on the reconstruction and remodelling of the residential premises presently being used by the tax evader's family." 

"Despite carrying out large scale financial transactions, neither the protagonist nor any member of his family has ever filed any income tax return. The evidence found in search action is robust enough to show a deliberate and wilful attempt to evade tax," it said.

In the search action, three hard disks have also been seized.

"The analysis of the information contained in the disks is likely to yield even more substantial evidence against the tax evader and his associates. This action is part of a concerted drive to trace illegal sources of funding that has financed the separatist elements and their activities in the Valley," the statement added.

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