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NIA finds terror funding ‘evidence’ in cross-LoC trade

NIA stumbles upon ‘evidence’ of terror financing during questioning of self-styled Hizbul commander Naveed Babu, who was caught with DySP Davinder Singh when he was escorting militants out of Kashmir Valley

Some more people are likely to be picked up for questioning in the case as the probe in the DySP’s case has brought the four-year-old case to focus

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) has stumbled upon “evidence” of funding of terror groups through cross-border trade during its probe into the case of Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh who was caught escorting militants out of Kashmir Valley, officials said on Sunday.

The officials said NIA investigators grilled self-styled commander of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror group Syed Naveed Mushtaq Ahmed alias Naveed Babu, who was caught with Singh, about the funding of the organisation and the way they had been in touch with their masters in Pakistan.

The agency has stumbled upon “evidence” of terror financing through cross-LoC trade during Naveed Babu’s questioning, they said. The NIA had registered a case against unknown people in connection with the trade across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016 and carried out raids at trade facilitation centres in Salamabad in Kashmir’s Baramulla district and Chakan-da-bagh in Poonch district of Jammu.

During its probe in the past four years, the NIA had been unable to find the final beneficiary of the money received from traders, the officials said, adding that after Naveed’s questioning the agency had got a vital link.

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