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Terror funding: ED attaches Rs 6.19 cr Kashmir-based assets of Watali

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Tuesday said it has attached Rs 6.19 crore assets of Ahmad in a case related to funding of terror and separatist activities in

The agency also charged and Hurriyat leaders of receiving funds from through conduits and also from the High Commission in "directly".

It said a provisional order under the Prevention of Act (PMLA) has been issued for attaching lands in Sozeith Goripora, Narbal and Budgam areas of belonging to and his family members that are worth Rs 6.19 crore.

The ED case is based on a charge sheet filed by the (NIA) as part of its probe against (LeT)

"Watali has been found to be involved in fund raising and as a financial conduit of Hurriyat leaders," the ED said.

The probe revealed that the "Hurriyat leaders have received funds from through conduits and also from the Pakistan High Commission directly," it said in a statement.

"This was substantiated by an incriminating document seized from the house of during search," it said.

Bhat worked as a cashier-cum-accountant with Watali, the ED said.

"The document clearly indicates that Watali was receiving money from (LeT and chief), from ISI, from the and also from a source based in

"Watali was remitting the same to the Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone-pelters of The said document has been maintained in regular course of his business and is signed by Watali," it said.

This document, the ED said, indicated that the Hurriyat leaders were receiving funds from Pakistan through the officials of the Pakistan High Commission and through Watali.

The agency said the signature of Watali "has been verified" and as per the expert report, his signature on the stated document matches with his specimen handwriting as well as his admitted handwriting.

It said another accused in the case, Naval Kishore Kapoor, mobilised funds from "unknown sources in and remitted the same to Watali and his company and Construction Pvt Ltd".

The agency last month had similarly attached Rs 1.03 crore assets of Watali in Gurgaon in this case as part of a crackdown against terror funding and separatist activities in

The agency said the NIA probe revealed that the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and other secessionists instigate the public, especially youths, to observe strikes and issue directives to the masses to hold anti-protests, demonstrations and processions through press releases, newspapers and

"This is done willfully to create such circumstances which will arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir towards the Government of India," the ED said.

Watali, Hafiz Saeed, and nine others have been accused by the NIA of "conspiring to wage a war against the government" and fomenting trouble in the

In its charge sheet, the NIA has alleged that Watali received money from ISI of Pakistan, Pakistan High Commission here and from a source in

Watali is lodged in the at present in connection with the NIA case.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 18:40 IST