LoC Trade: NIA conduct raids in Srinagar and Kupwara

LoC Trade: NIA conduct raids in Srinagar and Kupwara

‘Raids conducted with regard to ‘Militant Funding’ case; Sources’

Srinagar: On Wednesday, National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided several houses of Cross-Line of Control (LoC) traders in summer capital Srinagar and Kupwara.
The NIA and investigators of Income Tax Department assisted by Jammu Kashmir Police and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) carried out searches at multiple locations in Srinagar and Kupwara against some businessmen in connection with the cross-LoC trade.
The purpose of the raid was not immediately known, however, sources said that raids were conducted with regard to ‘militant funding’ case.
Sources privy to Kashmir Glacier said that, police and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) sealed DandarkhanBatmaloo before investigators of NIA raided the house of Mohammad AyubMatta, Ghulam Ahmad Dar, and Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, the trio were LoC traders.
The NIA raid lasted for about an hour, they said, adding that it was not immediately clear if incriminating document was recovered during the raid.
The house of Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, another LoC trader was also raided by NIA sleuths at MandarBagh in the old city of Srinagar where raid continued for about an hour.
In Kupwara district, the shop and house of one LoC trader namely GhulamRasoolMagray resident of KandiKhas were also raided by sleuths of NIA. Magray was also involved in LoC trade but presently is running a provisional store.
Pertinently, NIA and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have arrested about 30 traders and separatists in connection with terror funding.
The Cross-LoC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) was terminated in March 2019 by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) following intelligence reports on narcotic smuggling and terror funding trade practices from across the LoC.


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