Bandipora: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday morning raided the residential house of a Hurriyat activist in Brar village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Quoting an official, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reported that sleuths of NIA raided the residence of one Mohd Yousuf Sofi alias Salman, son of Abdul Rashid Sofi, in Brar village. The team was assisted by the Jammu & Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The Hurriyat activist’s house was being searched when reports last came in.
Earlier in the day, NIA conducted raids at 10 different locations in Srinagar and one location in Bengaluru.
According to sources, NIA carried out raids at human rights activist and J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) coordinator Khurram Parvez’s Sonwar residence, Athrout NGO office at Nawakadal, Greater Kashmir office in Press Enclave, its former executive editor Zahiruddin’s Magarmal Bagh residence, senior journalist Parvaiz Bukhari’s residence at Naaz Colony Pantha Chowk and HB Hilton houseboat at Nehru Park.
A building in Hyderpora Srinagar was also raided. The building is owned by one Ghulam Qadir Malik and used by Association of Parents for Disappeared Persons (APDP) on rent basis.
Raids were also conducted at APDP founding member Parveena Ahanger’s residence and one Parvez Ahmad Matta’s residence.
In Bengaluru, one Swati Sheshadri’s residence was also raised. She is said to be an associate of Khurram Parvez.
The raids are being conducted as part of a new case registered by NIA related to certain NGOs allegedly raising funds for ‘secessionist and militant activities’.
This case was registered by NIA on October 8 this year.
Sources added that a senior journalist’s Magarmal Bagh residence is also being raided.
The raids are being conducted as part of a new case registered by NIA related to certain NGOs allegedly raising funds for ‘separatist’ activities.
This is a developing story. To be updated…