Much before the National Investigating Agency (NIA) had arrested seven Hurriyat leaders on Sunday in connection with the funding of terror activities in Kashmir, the agency had unearthed a racket involving undervaluation of the goods coming from the Pakistan occupied Kashmir for trade in Jammu and Kashmir via the Line of Control (LoC) for the same purpose.
Sources said the funding thus generated amounted to about Rs 16 crore per month and, that, they feel, was just a small fraction of what is being used to sustain terrorism and disruptions in normal life at the behest of the Hurriyat in Kashmir. This is beside the huge personal expenses of the Hurriyat leaders.
Sources said the gap in cross LoC trade was a regular source of funds for terrorism in Kashmir but “this was also only the tip of the iceberg”.
The NIA had pressed into service several officers to scan through a pile of digital data recovered during raids at 27 places across north India to reach those involved in using their bank accounts to bring funds from Pakistan and other countries to sustain the ‘secessionist movement’ in Kashmir. Those arrested from Srinagar and New Delhi are considered close to Hurriyat’s hawkish leader Sayed Ali Shah Geelani as well as the moderate face Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The following have been arrested by NIA:
Nayeem Khan: The current investigation into the funding channels of Hurriyat leaders was triggered by his admission, in a secretly shot video, that he can create any amount of disruption in Kashmir for money. Nayeem was once a lieutenant of Shabir Shah, once a much-jailed separatist in Kashmir who had spoken about the Gandhian ways of protest. Nayeem had branched off from Shah and floated his outfit to become part of Geelani’s Hurriyat till the secret interview was out, leading to his expulsion from the party.