The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is conducting a massive, first of a kind operation against terror funding by Kashmiri Separatist leaders.
In major crackdowns in the Valley and elsewhere, the NIA arrested at least seven Separatists in the last few days.
As part of its ongoing probe into the terror funding by the Separatists, the NIA had on July 30 detained Devinder Singh Behal following a raid at his house in Nowshera.
Behal is a top aide of Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and a lawyer. On August 1 the Bar Association of Jammu expelled Behal.
The NIA recovered four mobile phones, a tablet, electronic devices and financial documents.
A video of the raid conducted on Behal’s house by the NIA is now doing the rounds of social media. In the video shared by Major Surendra Poonia on Twitter, NIA sleuths are seen digging out bags from a hidden underground chamber in the kitchen.
According to Poonia, the bags contain Heroine.
NIA ने आतंकवादी गिलानी के साथी देविंदर बहल के घर छापा मारा तो हेरोईन मिली..आज़ादी की जंग चरस, गाँजा पीकर/बेचकर लड़ते हैं 2 कौड़ी के 👹जिहादी😂 pic.twitter.com/eO8cLhzfqg
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) August 6, 2017
The NIA suspects that Behal, who is also the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference, acts as a courier between the Separatists and Pakistan-based handlers.
Behal is known to have regularly making visits to the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi. He is also known to have raised ‘azaadi’ slogans and attending the funeral of slain terrorists.
— ABHISHEK🇮🇳 (@kabhishek744) July 31, 2017
It should be noted that drugs are one of the main sources of revenue for the terror sponsors.
The NIA had sent a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs requesting the halting of cross-border trade. One of the main reasons was the reported recovery of over 66 kg of drugs worth over Rs.300 crore at the Trade Facilitation Centre in late July.
The NIA had recently learned that the money for terrorist activities also came via Dubai and London.
The arrested Separatists are: Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Aiyaz Akbar Khaney and Altaf Ahmed Shah alias Fantoosh Geelani, the son-in-law of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Of the seven Separatists, three have been sent to judicial custody and the remaining four remain in NIA custody.