NIA searches residences of political activists, employees in south Kashmir

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National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out searches at the houses of political activists and some government employees in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday morning.

Sources told news agency Kashmir News Trust that sleuths of NIA assisted by Para-military troopers and Jammu and Kashmir Police raided multiple houses in Wachi area of Zainpora Shopian.

Sources added that houses of Peoples Democratic Party, National Conference and Jamat-e-Islami activists were raided and searches conducted.

People whose houses were searched include Muhammad Shafi Shah, a private teacher and JeI activist, Shahid Ahmed Shah, a private employee, Riyaz Ahmed Mir, a government employee at Sheep Husbandry Department, Muhammad Shaban Kumar, a PDP activist and President local Auqaf Committee and Muhammad Latif Shah-an NC activist and a carpenter by profession.

The searches were in progress till the filing of this report. Reports added that some arrests have also been made by National Investigation Agency.

Pertinently, a few days ago, NIA raided the office of renowned human rights defender Khuram Parvaiz and booked him under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act-a move that has widely been criticized at international level. (KNT)

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