Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided 11 places involved in collecting funds for terrorist activities. These included 10 locations in Jammu and Kashmir and one in Bengaluru. It was informed that some voluntary organisations and journalists from Jammu and Kashmir were involved in the activity. The NIA sources reported that foreign funds received for trade and social causes were being diverted by these voluntary organisations to fund terrorist activities.
On Wednesday morning, Senior officials of NIA and Jammu and Kashmir police raided 10 locations in Jammu and Kashmir. Another unit of the NIA raided a site in Bengaluru. The locations of the action in Jammu and Kashmir included Sonara, Nawa Kadal, Nehru Park and Pratap Park areas in Srinagar. Other than these, an office of an NGO in Bandipora was also raided by the NIA. The NIA also raided the residences of Khurram Parvez, who was running a voluntary organisation, and journalist Parvaiz Bukhari.
NIA officials informed that many important documents and evidence in electronic form were seized during the raids. The NIA has taken this action against these offices under the allegation of Terror Funding. There are three NGOs established in the year 2000 among these organisations. NIA informed that these funds received through the hawala route were being used to spread terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. These funds were being collected from various parts of the country and foreign voluntary organisations.
It is said that NIA had registered a case under Sections 120B, 124A IPC and sections 17, 18, 22A, 22C, 38, 39 and 40 UA(P) A, 1967, on 8th of October. The NIA action includes Khurram Parvez (Coordinator of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies), his associates Parvaiz Ahmed Bukhari, Parvez Ahmad Matta and their colleagues in Bengaluru Swathi Seshadri and Parveena Ahangar, the President of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons. The offices of NGOs Athrout & GK Trust were also searched. NIA informed that these persons and institutions were placed under surveillance since the last few days.