The National Investigation Agency conducted searches at 12 locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara towns on Wednesday in connection with an alleged case of funding for militant activities in the state, PTI reported.
Srinagar-based advocate Mohammed Shafi Reshi and relatives of businessman Zahoor Watali were among those whose properties were searched, the Hindustan Times reported. The agency had raided these locations in June, as well.
These raids are part of an investigation into alleged militancy funding by Pakistan-based groups to stoke unrest in the Valley. Kashmir has seen more than a year of violence after security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.
After the raids in June, the agency had arrested seven separatists – Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam and Bitta Karatay – for allegedly funding terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir. They were sent to judicial custody for two weeks.