Srinagar, Feb 27 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids continued in the Kashmir valley for the second successive day on Wednesday, when Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a two-day general strike against the raids and crack down on separatists.
The Investigation Agency conducted searches at the residence of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yaseen Malik, currently detained in a police station and over half-a-dozen other separatist leaders on Tuesday.
Sources said state police and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPF) early Wednesday morning cordoned off an area in Tral in Pulwama district. Nobody was allowed to enter or leave the area where the house of an active Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant Mudasir Khan was located. Later, NIA sleuths conducted searches at the house of Khan.
NIA also searched the house of Sura Manzoor Malik, an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of JeM at Midoora in Pulwama. Malik is however, under police detention.
The team also conducted searches at the residence of Sajjad, who had provided vehicle for Lethpora, Awantipora fidayeen attack by JeM on CRPF convoy in which about 44 personnel were killed on February 14 evening. Sajjad has also joined JeM.
Raids were also conducted at the residence of Fayaz Ahmad, a driver and Bashir Ahmad Dar at Ratnipora in Pulwama.
Crackdown and NIA raids on separatist leaders came after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed state administration to review the security and other facilities provided to them (separatists) in the valley. Later, security and other facilities to separatists, including Mirwaiz and former HC chairman Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, presently under house arrest, besides dozens of others, including mainstream leaders, were withdrawn.
About 200 leaders and workers of separatist organisations besides Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), Jamaitul-Ahalhadees were arrested in the valley during the past about a week. (UNI)