ED attaches assets worth Rs 6 crore of Kashmiri bizman | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate attached properties worth Rs 6 crore of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and his family members in the Valley in a terror financing and money laundering case. The attached properties include land parcels at Sozeith Goripora, Narbal, Budgam in J&K.

Watali, the agency has accused, allegedly received funds from Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Pakitan High Commission in Delhi which he further routed to Hurriyat leaders and other separatists for terror activities in the Valley.

“During investigation, it has been revealed that Watali’s associate Naval Kishore Kapoor has mobilized funds from unknown sources in Dubai and remitted the same to Watali and his company Trison Farms and Construction Pvt. Ltd,” ED said in its provisional attachment order.

Kapoor carried out these transactions through a lease agreement with Trison Farms and Construction which was found to be only a legal façade to bring funds from unknown sources in Dubai to India, the agency claimed.

The ED has so far quantified proceeds of crime to the tune of Rs 7.22 crore. The agency had earlier attached one Gurugram property of Watali worth Rs 1.03 crore which was acquired using funds allegedly received from LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.

According to the agency, the funds came through hawala channels and were used for financing stone pelters and organizing protests, instigating the masses to resort to violence especially stone-pelting on the security forces at encounter sites and also after the dispersal of Friday prayers.

“The NIA investigation also revealed that the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and other secessionists instigate the general public, especially the youth, to observe strikes and issue directives to the masses to hold anti-India protests, demonstrations and processions through press releases, newspapers and social media,” ED said.

The ED had registered a money laundering case based on a NIA (National Investigation Agency) chargesheet against LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Mohd Yusuf Shah, alias Salahuddin, and others. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act case has also mentioned other accused, including Altaf Ahmad Shah, alias Fantoosh, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, alias Bitta Karate, Mohammad Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, alias Peet Saifullah, Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad Bhat.


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