2016 Uprising: Case against Hurriyat leaders “as good as closed”, says NIA

Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has failed to find any evidence in regard to the alleged terror funding by the Hurriyat Leaders and the case is “as good as closed”, reported The Indian Express.

In August 2016, after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the NIA initiated a preliminary enquiry (PE) to probe funds inciting unrest in the Valley suspecting that these funds were coming from across the border and were being channelized to stone-pelters through suspect bank accounts linked to militants or separatists in the Valley.

The agency has found that all transactions through these bank accounts were legitimate and not connected in any way to terror funding.

“No evidence of terror funding or financial aid to stone-pelters has been found in that case. All bank accounts that were brought under the scanner have been found to have had legitimate business transactions. That case is as good as closed,” a senior NIA officer said.

Over the year, NIA investigators followed dates of withdrawal of money from these accounts with incidents of stone-pelting or road blockades in the Valley and conducted inquiries with holders of the suspect accounts, their relatives and bank officials to probe the source of funds.

The probe against the separatist leaders in the valley was based on an input provided by the Army that some bank accounts showed suspicious transactions that coincided with incidents of stone-pelting in the Valley.

Nothing suspicious has been found till date, as reported by The Indian Express.


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