Srinagar 28 October (KNB): The NIA raided 9 locations in the Valley and one in Delhi in connection with a case related to NGOs and trusts diverting funds meant for charitable activities to “secessionist and separatist activities” in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
As per officials, those whose premises were searched include Falah-e-Aam Trust, Charity Alliance in Delhi, Human Welfare foundation, JK Yateem Foundation, Salvation Movement and JK Voice of Victims.
On Wednesday National Investigation Agency conducted searches at several places in J&K, one in Bangalore.
As per Kashmir News Bureau reports, NIA sleuths, accompanied by paramilitary CRPF and Police searched the premises of several residences and offices which include residence and office of Human Rights Activist and Co-ordinator of J&K Coalition of Civil Society) Khurram Parvez, his associates viz. Parvez Ahmad Bukhari, Parvez Ahmad Matta and Bengaluru-based associate viz. Swati Sheshadri; Ms. Parveena Ahanger, Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDPK) and offices of NGO Athrout and Greater Kashmir Trust.
Later an Official statement of NIA said they conducted searches at 10 locations in Srinagar & Bandipora (J&K) and 1 location in Bangalore in connection with a case pertaining to certain so-called NGOs and Trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities and then using those funds for carrying out secessionist and separatist activities in J&K.
In reference to the raids, former J&K Chief Minister and President JKPDP Mehbooba Mufti Tweeted, “NIA raids on human rights activist Khurram Parvez & Greater Kashmir office in Srinagar is yet another example of GOIs vicious crackdown on freedom of expression & dissent. Sadly, NIA has become BJPs pet agency to intimidate & browbeat those who refuse to fall in line”
Several incriminating documents and electronic devices have been seized during the raids and further investigation in the cases is continued, officials stated. (KNB)