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SIA raids multiple locations in Kashmir, Delhi in terror funding case

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Investigation Agency (SIA) on Wednesday raided multiple locations in the union territory and Delhi in connection with a terror funding case, the agency said.
“Continuing with its endeavour to dismantle terror support systems in J&K, the SIA Kashmir conducted searches at houses and offices at 22 locations in J&K and Delhi,” the investigating agency said.
These locations include 18 in Srinagar, one each in Anantnag and Pulwama, and two in Delhi.
“The pre-dawn searches were carried out simultaneously by special teams of the SIA. During the search operation, incriminating material in the shape of bank documents, cash books, credit cards, debit cards, cheque books, invoices, mobile phones, SIM cards and passports, etc., was seized, which will be analysed for further investigation,” the SIA said.
According to the agency, the case pertains to “illegal raising, layering and laundering of proceeds of crime by the accused persons. These proceeds of crime might subsequently have been used in unlawful activities, including secessionism and terrorism.”
The case was registered at SIA Kashmir police station on the basis of an inquiry.
“During the inquiry, it was found that funds to the tune of Rs 85 crore were raised and laundered in less than two years,” the SIA said.
“The transactions were mostly cash-based to evade detection by law enforcement agencies. Based on the findings of the inquiry, case FIR No 08 of 2023 was registered under relevant sections of law,” it said.
The raids were conducted on the strength of a search warrant issued by a special designated NIA court to collect evidence relevant to the ongoing investigation in the case, it said.
The SIA said it is committed to “dismantling the terror ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir by choking terror financing channels, be it hawala, human cash couriers or banking channels.”

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